Environmental Initiatives

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Free Solar for Qualifying Richmond Homes
The City of Richmond and GRID Alternatives are excited to provide free solar systems to income-qualifying homes in Richmond and North Richmond. To date, the partnership has serviced over 150 homes in Richmond and provided millions of dollars in energy cost savings to the community. This new initiative will provide more than $2.5 million in energy cost savings for families and prevent more than 5,700 tons of greenhouse gases over the systems lifetimes. It will also provide more than 15,000 hours of job skill-building in solar installation for community volunteers and job trainees.

To qualify, Richmond and North Richmond residents who own and live in their own home and make less than 80% of area median income may be considered to receive solar through GRID Alternatives. For example, a four-person household in Richmond with an income of $71,600 would be income qualified.

Want to learn more? For more information about eligibility, homeowners should contact GRID Alternatives by phone (510-731-1333), email (baoutreach@gridalternatives.org) or complete an online form at www.gridalternatives.org/clients.

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HERO and CaliforniaFIRST - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs Now Available for Richmond Homeowners

Richmond homeowners are now eligible to participate in two Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs: HERO and CaliforniaFIRST. PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5 to 20 years and the interest is tax-deductible. Homeowners can use PACE financing to renovate projects that can increase their property values, lower their monthly utility bills, and contribute to making our community more energy independent.

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About Us
The City of Richmond Environmental Initiatives team works with departments on implementing actions identified in the Energy and Climate Change Element and  Community Health and Wellness Element of the Richmond General Plan 2030 and promotes systems and policy changes that support the development of healthy neighborhoods. The team aims to build the City and community's capacity to improve and promote sustainability and environmental equity.
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