Available Financing

Nonprofit organizations are eligible for PG&E's 0% financing for energy efficiency projects. You can borrow up to $100,000 payable over five years. (Loan minimum is $5,000.) We're happy to provide information, answer questions, and help you apply. Call 650-599-1403 to get started!

CaliforniaFIRST is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program available to non-profit property owners for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades. PACE financing allows property owners to pay the amount back as a line item on their property tax bill. The program is offered by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) and administered by Renewable Funding.


Is your non-profit stretching every dollar to keep programs operating? San Mateo County Energy Watch can help! We identify energy efficiency projects that enable non-profits to save money on utility bills. Savings can go right back into your programs.


Our service is available at no cost. An Energy Watch auditor will do a no-obligation energy audit of your facility, and then present a proposal detailing how much money you can save. Because most of the upgrade work is covered by special rebates from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), your organization's out-of-pocket cost will be minimal (usually recouped in a matter of months). Implementation is hassle-free: We handle the project management and the rebate paperwork.


Would you like to hear from other non-profits that have benefitted from the SMC Energy Watch? Listen to Pastor Michael Coutts from Hillside Church of God and Kerry Lobel from Puente de la Costa Sur tell about their experiences.