(Complete, on-going.) The County works with and promotes the Bay Area Regional Energy Network’s Single-Family Energy Efficiency programs, which provide rebates for homeowners who make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. This program includes a no-cost support line (Home Energy Advisors) where residents can get third-party technical support for making energy efficiency home improvements and information on applicable rebate and financing programs.
The County also authorizes Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) providers to sell AB 811-consistent loans that enable property owners to secure upfront funding for energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy, and seismic improvement projects which are repaid through an up to 20-year special line item on their property taxes - instead of traditional consumer credit. The program is open to property owners in all Marin jurisdictions and unincorporated Marin County.
Staff also promotes Climate Careers, a program that employs college- and high school-aged local youth to perform ‘Green House Calls,’ which consist of energy and water use audits and installation of energy- and water-saving equipment. The program is made available at no costs to all residents, including renters.
The County participates in the Green and Healthy Home Initiative-Marin (GHHI), a collaborative consortium of service providers in Marin, including the Marin Housing Authority, that provide housing health and sustainability interventions for low-income residents.
In mid-2018, the County was granted funds from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to develop an appliance rebate program for property owners wishing to switch out natural gas and propane appliances with high efficiency electric units including heating systems, water heaters, ranges, and cooktops. Replacing natural gas appliances with electric models results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved indoor air quality. The program offers higher incentive levels for income-qualified participants. The program launched in early January 2019.
The County continues to operate its Green Building Program, which includes mandatory energy efficiency and green building measures for new construction and remodel projects, as well as technical assistance for applicants. In March 2018, the County’s Board of Supervisors adopted updates to the Green Building Ordinance that expanded and improved the existing standards. Updates include additional energy efficiency requirements for all projects, a renewed focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through encouraging all-electric buildings, and electric vehicle charging readiness requirements for all projects. Complete details and resources for the green building ordinance is maintained and updated at www.maringreenbuilding.org;