Residents

Plumbing Fixture Incentive Program

Saving Water Starts With You!

The City of Benicia is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved Plumbing Fixture Upgrade Program.  The City recognizes the importance of conserving water and ultimately energy while saving its residents money on their water and energy bills.  *Please note that the previous rebate program terminated as of June 1, 2014.  

The following rebates will be available to Benicia residents as of August 1, 2014:

Lawn replacement - $2/sq. foot up to $2,000

Graywater Kit - free kit; residents need to complete an Application and review the California Plumbing Code Checklist. Applications can be submitted to aporteshawver@ci.benicia.ca.us or in the Community Development Dept. (250 E. L Street).  Installation video available here

All residents should apply for toilet, clothes washer, and lawn replacement rebates at Solano Saves Water

For more information about available rebates and resources visit BeniciaSavesWater.org

The California Solar Initiative

The California Solar Initiative is a program established by the State of California to provide financial incentives and other support to homeowners to encourage the installment of solar panels.  
 
Currently, all CSI funds have been allocated.  Residents interested in installing solar systems may be eligible for a PG&E waitlist and incentives may be issued if and when the CSI is refunded.

PACE Programs - HERO & California FIRST

The City of Benicia has partnered with Renewable Funding and Renovate America to provide residents with an opportunity to finance clean energy and water conservation upgrades in their homes and businesses. 
The HERO and California FIRST programs work with local contractors to promote over 150,000 eligible efficiency products.  
  • No down payment required
  • 100% of installation costs are covered
  • May increase your property value
  • Low fixed-rate financing paid back along with your property taxes
  • May be transferrable if property is sold

For more information visit:

HERO - Benicia (expected program launch October 2014)

California FIRST (pilot begins June 2014 for residential customers; commercial financing currently available)

or contact Alex Porteshawver, Consulting Climate Action Plan Coordinator, 707-746-4276.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) - Rebates

PG&E offers a variety of rebates and other financial incentives to homeowners for the purchase and installment of more energy efficient appliances. Incentives range from rebates for energy efficient dishwashers to tax credits for energy efficient home remodels.  Visit the PG&E website to learn more.  

Benicia Home Efficiency Program & Rising Sun

The City and WattzOn launched the Benicia Home Efficiency Program as a way to help Benicia residents save money, energy, and water.  The Program provides no-cost energy and water assessments and recommendations for home improvements that can help homeowners save money and conserve energy and water.
 
Residents may also take advantage of a PG&E funded efficiency program, Rising Sun.  Trained student energy specialists conduct in-home water and energy assessments and install conservation measures at no cost to residents.  For more information and to sign up, visit Rising Sun's website. 

Energy Star - Rebates

Energy Star partners occasionally offer sales tax exemptions or credits, or rebates on qualified products. Visit Energy Star to see what financial incentives are currently being offered in the Benicia area.

Energy Savings Assistance Program

The Energy Savings Assistance Program provides no-cost weatherization services to low-income households who meet the CARE income guidelines. Services provided include attic insulation, energy efficient refrigerators, energy efficient furnaces, weatherstripping, caulking, low-flow showerheads, water heater blankets, and door and building envelope repairs which reduce air infiltration.

Marin Clean Energy (MCE)

On November 18, 2014, the Benicia City Council unanimously voted (4-0) to join Marin Clean Energy (MCE), a community choice aggregation program that offers 51% and 100% renewable electricity to its customers. MCE is an opt out program.  If you want to stay with PG&E, you can by opting out of MCE (see below). 

Key information:
 
1. The official opt-out process doesn't start until February 2015.
2. On February 19, the first of five total opt out notices will be sent out. 
3. Residents can opt out by calling a 1-800 number open 24/7 from February 2015-June 2015 or by entering name, address, and utility account # online.  
4. Opting out is FREE until 60 days after service begins on your meter read date in May (varies by customer), if residents opt out after then, it is a one-time $5 fee (residential) and $25 (commercial/industrial) to cover MCE's administrative costs associated with opting out the account.
 

Do you want to help inform the outreach process? Be a member on the Community Leader Advisory Group (CLAG). 

Want more information? Call Alex Porteshawver at 707.746.4276 or aporteshawver@ci.benicia.ca.us

Energy Efficiency

Energy Upgrade California provides opportunities for home improvement projects that lower your energy use, conserve water and natural resources, and make your home healthier and more comfortable.
 
Energy Upgrade California is also offering rebates and free consulting for energy savings for property owners of single-family and multi-family dwellings through the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) program.
  • Home Upgrade, the Single-Family component of the program helps property owners identify ways to strengthen their home's energy efficiency.  Rebates can be from $1000 to $4500.
  • The Multi-Family component is open to multi-family properties with five or more attached units.  Work with the free consultant to customize a package of improvements that are expected to save 10% or more of a multi-family's whole building energy use. Rebates are $750 per unit.
**For more information, please contact Trishia Pascobillo, Assistant Planner, at 707-421-7336 or tpascobillo@suisun.com