Businesses in Los Angeles County may be eligible for the county's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. PACE programs allow businesses to finance energy and water efficiency projects which are repaid through a special assessment on the business's property taxes. The property must be located within Los Angeles County, and within the boundaries of a city that has adopted a resolution to join the County-wide PACE district .
In January 2007, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted rules to require that all new county buildings greater than 10,000 square feet be LEED Silver certified. All buildings authorized and fully funded on or after February 15, 2007 must achieve the certification. Certain buildings may be exempt from the requirement at the recommendation of the Chief Administrative Officer.
Marin County's original Single Family Dwelling Energy Efficiency Ordinance went into effect on January 1, 2003. The building code has grown in strength and scope through the years and the requirements described below apply to the following building projects constructed after June 18, 2010:
* New residential construction over 500 square feet
* All residential remodels and additions
* All new multifamily residential construction
* New commercial projects and additions over 2,000 square feet
* All commercial remodels
Marin County's Energy Conservation Code is designed to assure new subdivisions provide for future passive or natural heating or cooling opportunities in the subdivision to the extent feasible. Streets, lots, and building setbacks must be designed so that habitable buildings are oriented with their long axis running east to west (with a possible variation of thirty degrees to the southwest and thirty degrees to the southeast) for the purpose of solar access.
The County of Marin has created a rebate program to encourage homeowners to remove or replace non-EPA certified wood-burning heaters (wood stoves and fireplace inserts) with cleaner burning stoves or gas insert replacements. To be eligible for the $250 incentive, the wood burning stove must be disposed of at an approved recycling facility. If the unit is replaced, it must be replaced by an EPA Phase II certified wood stove, fireplace insert, pellet stove or gas stove.
Merced Irrigation District (MID) offers its residential, commercial and non-profit customers a rebate for installing solar electric photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes and offices. The rebate is $2.80 per watt (adjusted based on the expected performance of the system) with a maximum of $8,400 for residential systems and $70,000 for non-residential systems.
California's retail electricity suppliers must disclose to all customers the fuel mix used in the generation of electricity. Utilities must use a standard label created by the California Energy Commission (CEC), and this information must be provided to end-use customers both annually. Utilities must also disclose this information in all product-specific written marketing materials distributed to consumers.
Glendale Water and Power (GPW) offers the Smart Home Energy and Water Saving Rebate Program that includes several incentives for residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of participating homes. Rebates are offered for a variety of appliances that meet required minimum efficiency levels. Rebates are available for ac units, dishwashers, ceiling fans, attic fans, refrigerators and pool pumps. Amounts vary according to efficiency, requirements, and location of purchase.