Whole Building and Systems

Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing Program

The Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. PACE programs allow homeowners to finance energy improvements, and to repay the financing through special assessments on their property taxes. In most cases the property tax assessment will stay with the property if it is sold, though the buyer's lender may impose restrictions on the transfer.

Residential Small Wind Turbines Tax Credit

Residential small wind turbines can qualify for a tax credit. How much: 30% of the cost (including installation/labor costs), with no upper limit Timing: Tax credit in effect through 2016 Must be installed in a home you own and use as a residence (no rentals, but second homes qualify) between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2016 Details: Wind turbines must have a nameplate capacity of no more than 100 kilowatts How to apply: File Tax Form 5695 with your tax return

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds

These bonds are designed to provide low-interest financing to promote the use of alternative energy and energy efficiency in State, Local, and Tribal Government facilities. Up to 30% of each state's allocation may be used for eligible projects that are privately owned or operated. The term is likely to be at least 10 years long based on similar programs with the borrower making one principal plus interest payment annually.

Green Riverside Rebate Programs

Rebate through the GreenRiverside utility program that lower energy usage, support use of renewable energy sources, reduce water consumption, and help low-income residents and customers with vital medical equipment. See the weblink to learn about the various rebate programs:
RESIDENTIAL and COMMERCIAL: Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Solar, and Whole House programs.

SDG&E - California Advanced Homes Incentives

SDG&E offers an incentive for home builders to build homes which exceed 2008 Title 24 standards by 15%. The program is open to all single-family and multi-family new construction projects. A performance based approach is designed to encourage builders to construct single-family and multi-family dwellings that use at least 15% less energy than Title 24 standards. The incentive payments are based on the final 2008 T-24 reports created and signed by a Certified Energy Plans Examiners (CEPE) and verified by a third party HERS Rater.

City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Expedited Permit Program

In 2002, the City of San Diego passed a Resolution R-298001, which amended the Sustainable Building Policy to allow for expedited permitting for sustainable buildings. Sustainable buildings are defined in Policy Number 900-14, and the expedited permitting program is described in Policy Number 600-27. The Sustainable Building Policy is scheduled to be revised every three years. New residential, commercial, and industrial development projects are all eligible for expedited permitting.