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Davis property owners are eligible to participate in three Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Programs within Yolo County. The programs include energy and water use efficiency financing options including solar panels, lighting, and indoor and outdoor water use efficiency projects. PACE is a financing tool offered by a third party vendor that property owners can use to make energy and/or water efficiency upgrades to their home or business. The City supports and has enabled PACE programs as a service to Davis property owners, but does not endorse businesses offering PACE financing in Yolo County.
The three vendors authorized to provide PACE Programs in Yolo County are CaliforniaFirst, HERO, and Ygrene. PACE financing programs are offered in many parts of the state through both public agencies (Sonoma County Water District, Placer County) and public/private and public/non-profit partnerships (California First, Ygrene, HERO, Fig Tree, etc.). The non-profit Center for Sustainable Energy provides a useful FAQ section on PACE programs and can be accessed at: http://energycenter.org/policy/property-assessed-clean-energy-pace.
Go to Save Our Water Rebates to Apply. The rebate programs are run through the State Department of Water Resources and not the City of Davis.
A new statewide rebate program is now available to help residential customers replace thirsty lawn with beautiful low-water use plants. This program will be run entirely through the State, not individual cities.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is offering residential customers $2 per square foot (up to $2,000 total) for removing their lawn and replacing it with drought-tolerant plants, mulch, permeable pavers and efficient drip irrigation. Artificial turf is not eligible for the rebate, and projects must be completed within 90 days.
About $12 million in rebates is available statewide, including for the Sacramento region, while $10 million is reserved for disadvantaged and drought-impacted communities, primarily located in the San Joaquin Valley.
Statewide rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are expected to go fast. The program implements Governor Brown’s Executive Order issued in April directing DWR and local water agencies to replace 50 million square feet of turf statewide with drought-tolerant landscapes.
Most household water is used for landscape watering, with lawn typically one of the thirstiest plants in a garden. Reducing or eliminating lawn can make a significant impact on the state’s water use.
Details, eligibility guidelines and an application are available at www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) Save Our Water Rebates page states that "Due to an overwhelming level of response, funding for the Save Our Water High Efficiency Toilet Program has been expended. No further applications will be accepted at this time."