The SoCalREN Public Agency Program offers no-cost* services to help public agencies reduce energy costs through energy efficiency improvements. The program provides objective, third-party expertise to give agencies peace of mind that they are implementing the best measures to maximize energy cost savings.
Energy portfolio analysis tools that help identify potential opportunities are offered to help agencies determine where to begin. Once a project is identified, an agency is welcome to leverage our project management services that take projects from start to finish, or services can be customized to fit project needs.
*Agencies pay construction costs.
The SoCalREN Public Agency Program offers a suite of energy analysis services and tools designed to educate and empower agencies to make informed decisions about their energy management. These tools compare agency-owned assets such as buildings and streetlights to highlight energy-intensive infrastructure with opportunities for cost-saving energy efficiency projects. To inform portfolio-wide energy analysis, our services and tools include a Comparative Energy Analysis Report, and ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® assistance.
The SoCalREN Public Agency Program provides a full range of no-cost energy efficiency services specifically tailored for public agencies.
Because our focus is on helping you improve your facilities, reduce energy costs, and obtain benefits sooner, SoCalREN offers a full turnkey solution that makes implementing cost-effective upgrades to public facilities faster than was previously possible, cutting the time to construction and saving you money. This innovative service includes:
All services provided by SoCalREN are provided at no cost, however agencies are responsible for all construction costs. In addition, SoCalREN is able to customize the offerings for each agency, depending on their specific needs in order to be of most assistance.
Whether your agency is considering a whole building retrofit or a single measure such as street lighting, the SoCalREN Public Agency Program is your one-stop solution. Our Turnkey Project Delivery guides you through the entire process from facility audits all the way through construction.
A typical energy efficiency retrofit project can take from 9 to 16 months before construction begins. The SoCalREN Public Agency Program can cut the time by as much as half. A key component of our program is an expedited construction procurement process specifically designed to fast-track energy efficiency retrofits. Pools of highly qualified mechanical and electrical contractors in your region have already been selected by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) through a public competitive bidding process.
Through the NJPA, public agencies such as yours can use these pools of contractors and be assured that they are getting the most qualified firms at guaranteed prices. Your agency does not have to go through a lengthy qualification and bidding process, and the pricing is transparent, detailed and guaranteed up front.
Becoming a member of the NJPA is easy. It can be done online and at no cost, no obligation and no liability. Many agencies are already members.
The NJPA’s bidding process conforms to the California Government Code. Invitations for Bids (IFBs) were advertised to contractors throughout Southern California and pre-bid conferences were held in several locations to give all firms an equal opportunity to participate. Only highly qualified contractors with energy efficiency experience and the lowest bids were selected.
Contractors also bid an adjustment factor that is applied to a detailed catalog of construction tasks with preset unit prices based on local labor, material and equipment rates. The process provides transparent pricing upfront. Agencies can apply their own local terms and conditions to project contracts.
The contractor provides a cost proposal for each project that is broken down into a list of tasks with unit prices and quantities. The cost proposal then undergoes due diligence review by SoCalREN and the agency.
Because our focus is on helping you improve your facilities, reduce energy costs and obtain savings faster, we provide project management and engineering services at no cost to you. A project manager from SoCalREN works closely with your agency from start to finish, ensuring your project moves forward and stays on schedule. Highly qualified engineers provide free energy audits, design performance specifications that maximize your energy savings, and provide construction management support. Your agency will have much lower procurement and administrative costs by using the expedited construction process. And because the construction prices are set by the unit pricing in the catalog, the risk of inflated cost of change orders is reduced.
The SoCalREN Public Agency Program works with public agencies to develop a comparative energy analysis to prioritize sites for energy audits and implementation of energy retrofit projects. If your agency has a project ready to go, SoCalREN can help move the project to completion. Our Project Managers oversee and manage all required tasks.
An experienced energy engineering team is assigned to work with your staff and provide technical assistance during all, or any phase of your project. We develop an energy audit, or if you have a streetlight project, a survey. This produces a detailed list of recommended energy efficiency measures, along with a detailed financial analysis of the energy savings and costs of the recommendations to help guide your decision-making. We work with you to select the final package of measures to be installed by a quality mechanical or electrical contractor. The energy consultant prepares performance-based technical specifications and a scope of work for the selected measures.
Energy retrofits save money and resources in the long run, but financing energy projects can be a big challenge for most public agencies. The SoCalREN Public Agency Program is here to help overcome this challenge by offering an array of no-cost services that help qualifying agencies identify and analyze their financing options and move projects to completion. Financing related services are offered by themselves or in conjunction with SoCalREN’s other services, such as technical assistance or Turnkey Project Delivery.
The SoCalREN Public Agency Program’s financing related services offer these benefits:
Available to public agencies throughout California, this flexible low-interest loan from a private lender can be used in conjunction with other utility or public financing, rebates, and incentives. Designed exclusively for public agencies, it addresses challenges agencies face when trying to finance energy efficiency, water saving, and renewable energy projects. The minimum amount for a loan is $250,000, but multiple projects can be bundled under a single loan.