Sierra Nevada Energy Watch is implemented by Sierra Business Council. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company under the auspices of the California Public Utility Commission.
Sierra Nevada Energy Watch
What We Do
Perform free audit
Install energy efficiency technology
Save energy = save money
Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) is an energy efficiency program for the Sierra Nevada region of California. SNEW is a partnership between Sierra Business Council (SBC) and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). PG&E customers that are small and medium sized businesses, non-profits, special districts, and municipal customers are eligible for energy efficiency retrofits in 11 counties (see list below) throughout the Sierra Nevada. Funding for this program is provided through the Public Purpose Program (PPP) surcharge which is included on a customer's PG&E bill. This surcharge is collected from all utility customers and is considered by law to benefit society. PG&E promotes energy efficiency because it helps the utility avoid building new power plants and it is good for the environment. SBC promotes energy efficiency as a part of our mission to provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to the Sierra Nevada.
What We Have Achieved So Far
1,500 customers served
$9 million in economic stimuls for the Sierra Nevada foothills region
25 million kilowatt hours of energy use eliminated
Avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 2 million gallons of gasoline burned
Since its inception in 2010, SNEW has reduced energy use and greenhouse gases by approximately 25 million kilawatt hours, equivalent to 17.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide which would be emitted by two million gallons of gasoline burned or emissions from 2,371 homes' electricity use for an entire year. We have served approximately 1,500 customers and provided almost $4 million in rebates to those customers, helping to reduce the cost of installing more energy efficiency technology. We hire local contractors living in the communities we serve. The incentives have provided economic stimulus to communities through incentives and income to local contractors. Sierra Nevada Energy Watch has provided $900,000 in payments to contractors for their labor installing energy efficiency equipment.
Businesses and governments in the Sierra Nevada region
Sierra Nevada Energy Watch provides energy efficiency rebates for PG&E customers that are small and medium sized businesses, non-profit organizations, special districts, and municipalities located in the following 11 counties:
- El Dorado
In addition, a customer's kilowatt demand over a twelve month period must not exceed 200 kW. Your local PG&E representative can help you better understand your kilowatt demand.
How the Energy Watch Program Works
SBC's Energy Auditors will come to your place of business to perform a no-cost assessment of your existing lighting, HVAC, and/or refrigeration systems in order to assess how much energy you could save by replacing that equipment with modern energy efficiency technology. A rebate (or incentive) is provided to reduce the cost of your project. An independent installation contractor schedules the retrofit at your convenience and installs the equipment.
Financing is available in certain counties through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PG&E also offers 0% financing through a program called "On-Bill Financing", though certain qualifications apply. SNEW's Energy Auditors can advise you on any issues with financing.
SBC's Energy Auditors will provide you with a proposal that details the available incentives, payback time period, recommendations for equipment replacements and a financial summary. The Energy Auditors will manage your project from start to finish, helping you through the process, and making sure you are happy with the result.
The following are some of the types of equipment offered for lighting and refrigeration:
- Troffer and Wrap Fixtures
- Linear Fixtures, Retrofit Kits, and Tubular LEDs
- Screw-in LED Lamps
- High Bay Fixtures
- Occupancy Sensors and Timers
- Pole-Mounted Area Light Fixtures
- Roof-Mounted Flood Light Fixtures
- LED Refrigerator Case Lighting
- Freezer or Cooler ("walk-in") EC Motors and Fan Controllers
SNEW works with a variety of installation contractors located throughout the region; program offerings may vary by county. Funding is limited and project rebates are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis while funding lasts.
For more information, call SBC at 530-582-4800.
"Sierra Nevada Energy Watch is implemented by the Sierra Business Council. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, under the auspices of the California Public Utility Commission. "