The deadline is fast approaching to sign up for the Energy Benefits Yolo program, which offers those who live or work in the county a group-purchase discount for installing solar power and energy-efficiency measures in their homes.
Interested homeowners use the program to pool their buying power and thereby secure significant discounts on solar power installation, energy-efficiency measures and a range of financing options. The program is offered by the nonprofit ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability USA (www.icleiusa.org).
The group discount is estimated to be roughly 20 percent, though the more homeowners that participate, the greater the discount. In addition, if the group cumulatively installs 125 kilowatts or more, REC Solar will provide an additional $500 incentive to each participating homeowner.
The deadline to sign up is Sunday, June 30.
The program also helps homeowners by taking the guesswork out of selecting a reputable vendor, as it uses certified contractors who went through a vetting and approval process. For the solar PV, the contactor is REC Solar, and for the energy-efficiency measures, the contractor is Brower Mechanical.
To participate, homeowners should sign up on the Energy Benefits Yolo website to receive a no-obligation assessment: http://www.mygroupenergy.com/group/yolo. The onsite solar assessment is free, and the onsite energy-efficiency assessment is discounted to $99 for most homes (normally $500).
Yolo Energy Watch also is helping to promote the program by giving away one free energy-efficiency assessment in a drawing June 30. Those interested should register at http://yoloenergywatch.org.
Yolo Energy Watch is a nonprofit partnership between Yolo County and PG&E to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in homes and businesses in Yolo County.