Sonoma County Financing is Here!
Sonoma County’s Energy Independence Program is a new opportunity for property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements through a voluntary assessment. These assessments will be attached to the property, not the owner and will be paid back through the property tax system over time. Solar Works is honored to have installed the first residential SCEIP solar system. The DeKays of Healdsburg were the first Sonoma County residents to receive a check from the county to pay for their Solar Works solar system. To read more about the first SCEIP solar installation, please click here.
- Participation in this Sonoma County program is completely voluntary.
- Energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy generation upgrades must be permanently attached to the property to qualify. Items not permanently attached such as dishwashers and other appliances are not allowed. Improvements like insulation, cool roofing, heating and air conditioning systems, waterless urinals, solar panels and energy efficient windows are acceptable.
- Improvements must be for existing buildings, new construction does not qualify.
- Assessments are a lien on the property itself: when the property is sold, the assessment stays with the property.
- Repayment is made through your property tax bill over time.
Participating in the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program is easy. First decide how much makes sense to invest in solar for your home. Then fill out the county application and follow a few simple steps (outlined below). Before you know it, you’ll be realizing a monthly energy savings on your bill.
How to apply for SCEIP financing:
1. Obtain a PG&E or equivalent energy audit. Required for commercial properties; optional for residential properties.
2. Consult with Solar Works to determine the cost of your solar system; then use the county’s on-line calculator to get an estimate of your annual payment.
3. Commercial properties: If there is a mortgage on your property, obtain consent of your lender.
4. Download an application, provide all the information required, and return the completed application to SCEIP, 404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. SCEIP staff will contact you, and let you know if your application is approved, if further information is required, or if the Program is not able to fund your improvements at this time.
6. Once your application is approved, Solar Works will obtain a permit from your local building department.
7. Submit your permit to SCEIP, and sign your assessment contract. All owners of the property will be required to sign the contract and have their signature notarized. A notary will be available at the SCEIP office on Aviation Blvd.
8. Solar Works will complete your solar installation, then get sign-off from your local building inspector.
9. Submit your final documentation (finalized permit; invoices showing all costs, less rebate amounts) to SCEIP. Checks will be mailed on the first day of each month, but your final documentation must be filed with SCEIP five days before the end of the month for processing.
For further questions, please contact Solar Works or the County at (707) 521-6200.