Eligible Projects

From small improvements to complete home energy upgrades, single family homeowners within Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties can choose from the following upgrade options to qualify for valuable incentives and low-cost emPower financing. If you need help selecting the right upgrade option for your home, you can start with a free Energy Coach site visit, or contact one of our knowledgeable participating contractors.


The Home Upgrade option encourages the a "whole house" approach to improving your home's comfort and efficiency. This option allows you to install 3 or more measures from a flexible menu of options and get up to $3,000 in utility incentives from the Energy Upgrade California program.

The Advanced Upgrade option also encourages the "whole house" approach and is customized for your home and your needs. The more energy you save, the bigger your rebates and incentives!  Find out how you can get up to $5,500 in utility incentives from the Energy Upgrade California program.
 
SimpleStart options make it easier than ever for homeowners to choose energy improvements that meet their needs. While we recommend the "whole house" approach to get the most out of your energy upgrades, we know that some homeowners are looking for a simple way to get started on the path to energy savings. This option allows you to pick and choose one or more qualified upgrades that are eligible for single measure utility rebates.
 
Solar Water Heating (SWH) uses the sun’s warmth to help your current water heater use less energy.  The California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal Program offers cash rebates of up to $4,366 for solar water heating systems on single-family homes. Check with your contractor  to see if your proposed project is eligible for financing through emPower.


Solar electric systems are only eligible for emPower financing when combined with a Home Upgrade, Advanced Home Upgrade or Solar Water Heating Upgrade.  SimpleStart Upgrade customers cannot finance a solar electric system.  Check with your contractor to see if your proposed project is eligible for financing through emPower.