SmartLights is specially designed to help small and medium-sized businesses become more energy-efficient. This program offers free start-to-finish technical assistance, project management, and instant rebates towards lighting, refrigeration and heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) energy specific projects. Participating Richmond businesses may be eligible for an additional enhanced energy upgrade incentive funded by the City of Richmond.
Since 2005, this program has performed over 1,000 energy assessments in Richmond and assisted nearly 600 of those businesses improve their operations and reduce their energy use by a total first-year savings of 56,500 megawatt-hours.
Services include: a free, no obligation energy-efficiency assessment, instant rebates (typically range from 25%-75% of total project costs), negotiated volume pricing with qualified installation contractors, free start-to-finish project management and quality control, rebates paid directly to your contractor to help defray your out-of-pocket costs, and referrals to other energy efficiency programs as needed.
MCE's program provides complimentary walk-through energy assessments and energy efficiency rebates for multifamily properties. Potential upgrade opportunities include LED lighting (including exterior lighting), domestic hot water, heating, and other gas and electric end use equipment. In addition to energy and greenhouse gas savings, upgrades will provide additional benefits including improved health and safety, improved indoor air quality, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
The City of Richmond provides an additional enhanced incentive for Richmond properties available on a first-come first-serve basis.
The City is partnering with MCE to offer a Green Business Loan Program that eliminates the up-front costs of energy efficiency upgrades. The loan is financed through River City Bank and is repaid directly on your monthly PG&E bill. For more information contact MCE directly by phone at (415) 464-6033 or visit mcecleanenergy.com/business-savings.
Become an MCE Deep Green Champion and we’ll help spread the word about your business' commitment to environmental sustainability. Your participation in MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy service makes a tangible difference in your community and environment. 50% of Deep Green revenues are invested in local projects, like the San Rafael Airport solar project.
The MCE Deep Green Champions feature on the MCE website and social media network can highlight your business and your decision to go Deep Green, telling your story and connecting with thousands of potential customers that value environmental commitment. More information to sign up for 100% renewable energy for your business can be found at the MCE Deep Green Champion page: www.mcecleanenergy.com/deep-green-champions.
SmartSolar provides free, independent advice and guidance to East Bay home and business owners who want to go solar. Services include: independent advice on your property’s solar potential, a free solar assessment with the best solar solutions for your needs, an objective analysis of your solar or energy efficiency project bids, educational materials and tools to help you feel confident about your future investment, and assistance throughout your project from proposal to installation.