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San Francisco Energy Watch

Since 2006, SF Energy Watch has been assisting local businesses and building managers or owners lower their energy bill through energy efficiency assessments and financial incentives. The program offers a multitude of energy-saving products and services. Funded by California utility ratepayers, program staff is available for no-cost to conduct on-site energy surveys and provide recommendations for low-cost, energy efficient improvements for your business or facility.

Common opportunities for improvements include interior and exterior lighting, refrigeration improvements, advanced controls, computer network efficiency, and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) upgrades.

Funds collected from utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission are used to subsidize the overall cost of energy efficiency upgrades. You can take advantage of new energy-saving opportunities and reap many benefits:

  • FREE on-site assessments to identify energy savings
  • NEW ENERGY EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT and technical services at greatly reduced cost
  • EXPERT INSTALLATION of energy-saving equipment
  • LOWER UTILITY BILLS over the life of the new equipment

Businesses of all sizes, commercial and multifamily properties located in San Francisco that are currently Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers can participate in the program. To schedule a free energy assessment, contact the SF Energy Watch hotline at (415) 355-3769 or email sfenergywatch@sfenvironment.org.

GreenFinance SF

San Francisco’s GreenFinanceSF program enables qualified property owners to secure 100% financing from an investor of their choice, and repay the cost of the upgrade over time through a special line item on their property tax bill.

GreenFinanceSF is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that builds on decades of land secured financing experience, providing investors with familiarity and security. For property owners, PACE offers affordable financing to make lasting building improvements that can reduce operating costs, guard against energy price escalation, enhance asset value, and increase visibility and competitiveness.

For project examples, property eligibility criteria, an eligible measures list, application forms, and other key program documents, please visit GreenFinanceSF.

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