Energize Richmond: Energy Efficiency Rebates Now Available for Local Small/Medium Businesses & Multi-family Properties
Energize Richmond is the new City program aiming to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions in the Richmond community. The City is partnering with the East Bay Energy Watch Partnership (EBEW) (an energy efficiency rebate program funded by utility ratepayers at PG&E and MCE) and MCE to provide expanded rebates and services to small and medium sized Richmond businesses and multi-family properties. These programs provide great opportunities to control energy use, decrease energy costs, and meet climate action goals.
The City is collaborating with Bike East Bay, 511 Contra Costa, Rich City Rides, Richmond BPAC, and SunPower to host four Energizer Stations across the Richmond community. Stop by on your way to work for refreshments and a Bike to Work Day bag with all kinds of swag and goodies from local Richmond businesses, including Paragon Machine Works, The Pedaler Bike Shop, Visit Richmond, Nutiva, and more. Energizer Stations will be open 7:00 am-9:00 am along key bicycle routes:
Richmond BART (open from 6:30am- 8:30am)
Macdonald Avenue & Key Blvd
Richmond Greenway (Ohio Avenue & Harbour Way)
Marina Bay Park (along the Bay Trail)
Other Energizer Stations happening in the area include:
Bike to Work Day Block Party: Thursday, May 11th at
After your Bike to Work Day commute, visit the Bike to Work Day Block Party at 4 PM in Downtown Richmond on MacDonald Ave and 15th Street, organized by Rich City Rides. The event will have music, a bouncy house, petting zoo, bike parking and adult beverages. This community event is great fun for all ages. Join to celebrate the Bay Area Bike to Work Day 2017!
The Richmond Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a roadmap for how the City will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change on public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces in our community. The CAP will support the community’s goals and policies identified in the City’s General Plan 2030. The CAP also features health equity and climate justice as important aspects of the document framework, consistent with City’s Health in All Policies Strategy. The Final CAP and all appendices can be accessed on the City's Climate Action webpage.
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.
The City of Richmond Environmental Initiatives team promotes systems and policy changes that support the development of healthy and sustainable neighborhoods. The Division collaborates with the community and other city departments to implement actions identified in the Climate Action Plan, Health in All Policies Strategy Document, and the Energy and Climate Change Element and Community Health and Wellness Element of the Richmond General Plan 2030. The team aims to build the City and community's capacity to improve and promote sustainability and health equity.