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Incentives for Customers Rebuilding in Northern California

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In October 2017 Northern California fell victim to most destructive wildfire season on record. A series of 250 wildfires burned 245,000 acres, across 44 counties.  Close to 10,000 structures were destroyed.   As businesses and residents rebuild, PG&E will help customers save money.  The utility will double new construction and energy efficiency incentives for those who lost homes and businesses to the Northern California firestorm.  As part of their Respond, Rebuild, Resilience initiative, PG&E is committed to helping first responders be more effective, helping communities rebuild and identifying solutions to increase infrastructure resilience.   

Helping customer rebuild sustainable, energy efficient residential and commercial buildings is paramount.  New standards  will ensure energy efficiency in new construction and reduce commercial building greenhouse gas emissions. PG&E is teaming up with Sonoma Clean Power and Bay Area Air Quality Management District to offer green building incentives in specific counties. Customers will enjoy lower energy cost with a 28% drop in energy cost for lighting, heating, cooling,  ventilation and water heating.  Under the California Advanced Homes Program, residential customer incentives will see a considerable increase.  For new homes built 20% above code the incentives will increase from $1,400 to $2,800.  Business owners can expect to reap the benefits of the Saving by Design program which will increase incentives from $150,000 per building to as much as $300,000 per building.  The program is available through December 31, 2019 or until funds run out.

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