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 Energy Programs

Silicon Valley Energy Watch

Since 2009, Ecology Action’s Silicon Valley Energy Watch (SVEW) program has delivered energy savings to PG&E’s municipal, special district and nonprofit customers in Santa Clara County by providing energy assessments, direct installation of energy efficient equipment, technical assistance, and financial incentives. SVEW is a local government partnership between the City of San Jose, PG&E and Ecology Action.

Overview

Silicon Valley Energy Watch is part of a program that provides energy efficiency services for commercial PG&E customers in the local governments that make up Santa Clara County. Silicon Valley Energy Watch (SVEW) provides Santa Clara County Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) customers with resources to lower their energy use, including turn-key upgrade programs, rebates, and educational materials.

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Goal

As a nonprofit our agenda is simple: to reduce energy use as cost effectively as possible.

Impact

  • Over the last ten years we’ve saved enough energy to take more than 56,459 homes off the grid.
  • We’ve served over 15,000 businesses in California, saving over 520 million kWh.
  • To date, we have managed more than $70 million in utility and California Energy Commission (CEC) rebates for our clients and customers.
Fewer Carbon Emissions
  • Helps small businesses, government agencies, schools, municipalities and homeowners use less energy and lessen their carbon footprint.
Healthier Communities
  • Creates healthier and more comfortable environments, especially for schools where lighting is brighter, whiter and puts off less heat.
Stronger Businesses
  • Helps municipalities save valuable energy dollars.
  • Provides more efficient systems and better lighting for schools and businesses.
  • Most installations pay for themselves in under 18 months.
  • We manage the entire job for our clients, the audit, contractors, rebates, everything.

Program Reach

“Through the program we were able to upgrade our outdated lighting systems, which helped us qualify for green business certification. We were pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to participate.”

-Julie Rose, President, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce

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