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Non-Residential Energy Solutions

Building energy efficiency and renewable energy

Project Type

Energy Star

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  Heat pumps

  Water heater 

  Radiant floor

Solar Panel


Project Evaluation

Sierra Nevada Energy Watch

SNEW, administered by Sierra Business Council, delivers cost effective energy efficiency projects to businesses, non-profits, and governments in Nevada County. The SNEW team provides free audits, facilitates the rebate and incentive process with PG&E and provides guidance in selecting contractors at no charge.

Cool Climate Funding Wizard

Your source for sustainability project funding

California Energy Star

The simple choice for energy efficiency

Energy Efficiency Job Training Opportunities

New jobs and opportunities are creating jobs, and giving the opportunity of training new workers and giving seasoned professionals the updated information they need.

Community Choice Aggregation

(CCA) is a system adopted into law in California, which allows cities, counties, and some special districts, to aggregate the buying power of individual customers within a defined jurisdiction in order to secure alternative energy supply contracts on a community-wide basis, but allowing consumers not wishing to participate to opt out.

Project Financing

PG&E Rebates and Incentives for Businesses

PG&E offers non-residential customers rebates and incentives for a variety of energy efficient products for companies, including lighting, HVAC, boilers and water heating, refrigeration, business computing, and more.  A full list of current rebates can be found using the PG&E money back tool.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

PACE provides fixed-rate, no money down financing for energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy systems repaid on the property tax bill. 

Federal Business Renewable Energy Tax Credit

A taxpayer may claim a tax credit of 30% for solar, fuel cells, small wind systems or 10% for geothermal, microturbines and combined heat and power systems (CHP), aka cogeneration systems. Qualified expenditures covered include labor costs for on-site preparation, assembly or original system installation, and for piping or wiring to interconnect a system.

Tax Exemption for Farm Equipment and Machinery

This partial exemption from state sales and use tax applies to solar photovoltaic systems that are primarily used to power farm equipment and machinery. Qualifying systems can be connected to the local electricity grid and used to offset the farm's electricity use via a net metering agreement with the local utility. This tax exemption is also applicable to wind machines and could apply to other energy efficient farm equipment.

Sierra Business Council

List of Renewable Energy Resources, Businesses and Program Administrators

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