The Richmond Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a roadmap for how the City will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change on public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces in our community. The CAP will support the community’s goals and policies identified in the City’s General Plan 2030. The CAP also features health equity and climate justice as important aspects of the document framework, consistent with
City’s Health in All Policies Strategy.
The Draft CAP was released on Friday, July 22, 2016, for a 30-day public review and comment period. On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, the Richmond City Council will receive a presentation and consider adopting a resolution approving an Addendum to the Richmond General Plan Update Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and the final Climate Action Plan (CAP) (Item I-1). The Final CAP and all appendices can be accessed on the City's Climate Action webpage: Richmond Climate Action Plan.
Free Solar for Qualifying Richmond Homes
The City of Richmond and GRID Alternatives are excited to provide free solar systems to income-qualifying homes in Richmond and North Richmond. To date, the partnership has serviced over 150 homes in Richmond and provided millions of dollars in energy cost savings to the community. This new initiative will provide more than $2.5 million in energy cost savings for families and prevent more than 5,700 tons of greenhouse gases over the systems lifetimes. It will also provide more than 15,000 hours of job skill-building in solar installation for community volunteers and job trainees.
To qualify, Richmond and North Richmond residents who own and live in their own home and make less than 80% of area median income may be considered to receive solar through GRID Alternatives. For example, a four-person household in Richmond with an income of $71,600 would be income qualified.
HERO and CaliforniaFIRST - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs Now Available for Richmond Homeowners
Richmond homeowners are now eligible to participate in two Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs: HERO and CaliforniaFIRST. PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5 to 20 years and the interest is tax-deductible. Homeowners can use PACE financing to renovate projects that can increase their property values, lower their monthly utility bills, and contribute to making our community more energy independent.