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Solar Nerd provides an online calculator for switching your home to solar and returns a comprehensive cost estimate. The website also offers up to 3 free pricing quotes, a map of the number of solar homes in your community and other helpful information including solar rebates and a basic guide to solar energy.

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Van der Ryn Architects

Sim Van Der Ryn is an architect who focuses on Ecology putting the environment in the forefront, and trying to blend culture and nature through elegant, thought-provoking design. His company does architecture, consulting and development, works with a diverse number of people and type of buildings.

Spectrum Community Services

Spectrum’s HEAP & Weatherization Services are available to Alameda County residents looking for utility bill payment assistance and energy efficiency services. *Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)* HEAP is a federally-funded program to help low-income households pay their energy bills. Assistance is in the form of a direct payment to the utility company on behalf of an eligible applicant. Eligibility is based on the household’s total monthly income, which cannot exceed the HEAP income guidelines listed on the website. Federal HEAP funds are for households with low incomes and high energy costs, prioritizing households with elderly, disabled persons and/or children under six years old. *Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program* Weatherization helps by upgrading a home by installing products that makes the home more energy-saving. Homes being weatherized stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The average yearly savings is over $400 per household. As a federally-funded program, Spectrum can give energy-saving measures to people who meet our eligibility requirements. Priorities are placed on households with seniors (60+), disabled, and children under 6. *What they can provide:* - Heater Replacement - Water Heater Replacement - Attic and Floor Insulation - Window and Exterior Door Repair or Replacement - Low-flow Showerheads and Faucet Aerators - Fridge Replacement or Repair - Range Replacement or Repair - Weather-Stripping - Energy-Saving Light Bulbs - Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms - Microwaves *For Weatherization Call:* Talk to a staff member at 510-881-0300 ext. 272 For HEAP, Call 510-881-0300. Dial x 214 for Spanish

Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC)

SERC is working to establish clean energy technologies in our society. They specialize in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and hydrogen energy systems. Their work involves research and development, technology demonstration, project development, energy systems analysis, and education and training. In addition, they perform feasibility studies, resource assessments, and energy planning studies. We are affiliated with Humboldt State University's Environmental Resources Engineering program.

Solar Richmond

Solar Richmond provides solar installation training for low-income residents, innovative job creation and placement services to empower emerging leaders of the green economy. The training program lasts for 15 weeks and includes environmental literacy, construction, energy efficiency and solar installation. Additionally, Solar Richmond provides students with hands-on installation experiences in the field, on low-income Richmond residences.

Office of Energy-Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Furnishes information materials covering the efficient use of energy and the application of renewable energy technologies. Provides business assistance and information, and tailored help to identify and evaluate market trends and locate potential funding sources. Information requests should use online submission form before attempting e-mail contact.

Food Service Technology Center (FSTC)

Providing energy efficiency consulting services to the commercial food service industry, including: Restaurant owners and operators, institutional food service providers, cooking equipment manufacturers and kitchen designers. A Certified Green Business program, funded by California utility customers, administered by Pacific Gas & Electric Company under the auspices of the California Public Utility Commission, and operated by Fisher-Nickel, inc.

Drive electric on a budget

Factsheet on switching to electric vehicles. Includes information on cost benefits, charging stations, tax rebates, and buying options to help you choose an affordable and energy-efficient driving option.

National Renewable Energy Lab

NREL is the principal research laboratory for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Technical inquiry information service for the scientific and industrial communities regarding renewable energy. NREL works toward developing hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs); moving them from research and development to the marketplace, as well as solar, wind, etc. For a full list of contacts visit

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

EPRI does research into alternative and present power funded by surcharge on electricity bill. They have a library and technical assistance available to the public.

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