Improve Operating Costs through Energy Efficiency

Businesses can reduce operating costs and improve the bottom line through energy efficiency. There are many energy efficiency programs that offer rebates and technical service especially designed for businesses and institutions.

Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency Assistance for Businesses and Institutions



The City is a partner in PG&E's East Bay Energy Watch (EBEW), which provides specialized energy efficiency services to residents and businesses in the East Bay. The following energy efficiency resources and rebates are available to businesses and institutions in El Cerrito.

  • FREE Solar Assessments:

    El Cerrito has partnered with Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC) to offer free, independent advising services to help businesses consider their energy efficiency and solar options. CESC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. To get more information, visit CESC's SmartSolar website or call 510-981-7758.
  • Energy Savings and Financing Assistance:

    BayREN will begin offering technical assistance and financial resources for small and medium businesses in Mid-2018. For more information and to receive updates, visit BayREN’s website.
  • Cost Benefit Analyses for energy and water efficiency upgrades

    : Community Energy Services Corporation offers the Your Energy Manager program to help businesses reduce energy and water use and become Green Business certified.
  • Free Energy Assessment

    : Through the City’s community choice aggregate, Marin Clean Energy (MCE), businesses can receive a free energy assessment and assistance with energy efficiency upgrades.

Commercial Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Energy efficiency and conservation is a great way to both save money and combat global climate change. For every kilowatt hour (kWh) your business saves, you prevent about 1/2 pound of carbon dioxide (CO2)from entering the atmosphere. Similarly, for every therm of natural gas your business saves, you reduce CO2 emissions by almost 12 pounds.

For these reasons, El Cerrito has applied for grants and has partnered with various groups to help make energy efficiency improvements in both our own facilities and in the community. Get more information on what the City is doing to save money and reduce its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.