Silicon Valley Energy Program

Saving money on operating costs is a key concern for businesses and cities in Silicon Valley. Now the City of San José and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are joining forces through the Silicon Valley Energy Program (SVEP) to help Silicon Valley take advantage of cost-saving energy-efficient technologies by offering:

  • The POWER PLAYERS Rebate Program for Small Businesses
  • Energy Efficiency Educational Classes
  • Savings By Design
  • Municipal Building Energy Audits
  • Codes and Standards for Energy Efficiency

POWER PLAYERS Rebate Program for Small Businesses

PLEASE NOTE: FUNDS FOR THE POWER PLAYERS REBATE PROGRAM ARE FULLY COMMITTED AS OF 1/11/05. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF THIS PROGRAM.

Controlling costs is a key concern for most businesses. The POWER PLAYERS Rebate Program reduces energy costs by providing small businesses with cash rebates to help cover the costs of:

  • Upgrading lights, air conditioners and heat pumps with energy-efficient models, and
  • Installing programmable thermostats and occupancy sensors to optimize running cycles.

To qualify for POWER PLAYERS rebates, businesses need to:

  • Receive PG&E electric service on an A1 or A6 rate schedule, and
  • Have a facility located in one of the targeted areas listed in the eligibility section below.

Reservations are required for rebates of $1,000 or more and are encouraged for rebates under $1,000. To learn more about the POWER PLAYERS Rebate Program and to reserve funds, call PG&E’s Business Customer Center at 1.800.468.4743.

Helpful POWER PLAYERS Rebate Program Information:

Energy Efficiency Educational Classes

PG&E and the City of San José’s Green Building Program now offer training classes at Silicon Valley locations. Classes are tailored for South Bay architects, designers, lighting professionals, HVAC engineers, building owners, and facility managers. Classes focus on how to design, implement, purchase, and install energy-efficient features and equipment for long-term energy savings. To register, click here and choose the "San Jose" location or call 1.415.973.2277.

Savings by Design

Energy efficiency can be built in right from the start. Building owners and designers who are planning a new, non-residential building may qualify for free technical design assistance and financial incentives. Savings by Design is a statewide program for commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers who want to make their new construction projects energy efficient. The program offers building owners, and their design teams, a variety of services, including:

  • Design assistance, analysis, and resources for energy-efficient facility design.
  • Owner incentives of up to $150,000 per project to promote investments in energy-efficient design.
  • Design team incentives of up to $50,000 per project to reward designers who meet ambitious energy-efficiency goals.
  • On-line energy design resources and tools at www.energydesignresources.com to help develop high-performance facilities.

For more information, e-mail savingsbydesign@pge.com or call PG&E at 1.415.973.3803.

Municipal Building Energy Audits

Silicon Valley’s city facilities can also reap the benefits of energy savings. Through the Silicon Valley Energy Program, PG&E technical consultants will survey major energy-consuming systems within city facilities to help identify ways to save energy and taxpayer dollars. For more information, contact Kim Burmahln by e-mail at kim.burmahln@sanjoseca.gov or by phone at 1.408.277.4312.

Codes and Standards for Energy Efficiency

New Title 24 California energy standards take effect in 2005, but there may be opportunities to address additional energy-efficiency opportunities through the adoption of local energy codes and standards. The Silicon Valley Energy Program seeks to collaborate with interested Silicon Valley cities to gather ideas for enhancing local energy codes and standards that address specific needs in our communities. For more information about joining these discussions, contact Kim Burmahln by e-mail at kim.burmahln@sanjoseca.gov or by phone at 1.408. 277.4312.

Eligibility and Program Dates:

All components of the SVEP, with the exception of the POWER PLAYERS Rebate Program, are available to PG&E customers who have a facility located in Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Mountain View, San José or Sunnyvale.

The POWER PLAYERS Rebate Program is available to small business owners who have a facility located in Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Mountain View, San José or Sunnyvale within one of the following zip codes:

94040950359512295133
94041951109512395134
94043951119512495138
94085951129512595148
940869511395126
940879511695127
940899511795128
950209511895129
950309511995130
950329512195131

The SVEP offers rebates and services on a first-come, first-served basis until December 31, 2005 or until program funds are spent, whichever comes first. Please see rebate applications or program fact sheets for program requirements.

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company in collaboration with the City of San José under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.