The SFPUC received $7.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. The EECBG Program, funded for the first time by the Recovery Act, is a major investment in local government energy programs that is strengthening the economy, creating local jobs, and deploying the least expensive and most reliable energy technologies available—energy efficiency and conservation.
Upgrades Help 10 Municipal Buildings
We used a portion of these funds to complete energy efficiency retrofits in ten municipal buildings throughout San Francisco. While injecting federal funds into the local economy, these projects have made improvements which include new lighting and lighting controls; efficient heating and ventilation systems; and electronic building systems to better manage heating and cooling equipment. Together, these energy retrofits are expected to save 1,200,000 kWh of electricity and 90,000 therms of natural gas each year, while improving lighting quality and comfort in these ten facilities:
- Chinatown Public Health Center
- Ocean Park Health Center
- Women’s Reentry Center
- County Jails #1 & 2
- County Jail # 6
- Ella Hill Hutch Community Center
- African American Art & Culture Complex
- Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
- SOMArts Cultural Center
- Southeast Health Center
Working Together with City's Department of the Environment
In addition to these municipal building retrofits, the EECBG program is funding these new residential and commercial sector energy efficiency programs, managed by San Francisco’s Department of the Environment:
- The SF Boiler System Incentive Program has helped replace inefficient hot water and low pressure steam boilers in over 250 multi-family buildings across the City.
- The Green Home Assessment program has offered home visits that have helped over 7,000 San Francisco residents identify ways to conserve energy and water.
- SF Home Improvement & Performance (SF HIP) provides financial incentives for homeowners to obtain home energy upgrades from specialized contractors.
- San Francisco’s GreenFinanceSF program for commercial and multifamily buildings is an innovative financing program that uses Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to finance up to 100% of the cost of building performance upgrades.