"Energy Efficiency is at the heart of energy affordability." Tony Earley, Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation


PG&E and Rising Sun Energy Center Partner to Save Customers Energy and Money

In their 20th year of operation, Rising Sun Energy Center had perhaps their strongest year to date! In 2014, with the support of PG&E, Rising Sun served 16 cities, over 4,600 homes, and installed approximately 48,000 energy and water saving measures saving PG&E customers energy and money. These measures provide annual savings of approximately 910,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and over 12,500 natural gas therms, reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 693 metric tons. Additionally, the installations provide savings of over 3,100 gallons of water per minute of usage, which prove invaluable in the midst of one of the most severe droughts on record in California. Overall, 2014 was a great year, adding considerably to Rising Sun’s total impact over the last 20 years:

Rising Sun Total ImpactSince 1994, Rising Sun has evolved from a modest renewable energy education center and demonstration site into a leading green workforce development and residential energy efficiency services organization serving several Bay Area counties and the Central Valley. Rising Sun’s mission is to empower individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities. With a focus on under-served populations, Rising Sun provides youth and low-income adults with meaningful training and employment opportunities in the growing energy efficiency sector, while delivering no-cost energy upgrades to thousands of households each year.

PG&E partners with Rising Sun to serve customers through Government and Community Partnerships and regional Energy Watch programs. Rising Sun currently receives support from PG&E’s East Bay Energy Watch, Solano County Energy Watch, Marin County Energy Watch, and Great Valley Center to reach residents in those communities with a focus on hard-to-reach households, including low- to moderate-income households, non-English speakers, renters, and seniors. Cities served by the program include: Antioch, Benicia, Dublin, Fairfield, Fremont, Hayward, Martinez, Novato, Oakland, Emeryville, Pleasanton, Richmond, San Rafael, Stockton, Union City, Vacaville, and Vallejo.

Throughout the duration of the 2014 programs, Rising Sun employed 143 young adults ages 15 to 22 as California Youth Energy Services (CYES) Energy Specialists or Leaders-in-Field-Training (LIFT) members. These programs provide youth with professional development and intensive training in energy efficiency and water conservation, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to perform Green House Calls. At each Green House Call, provided at no cost to the community members, Energy Specialists assess the home for efficiency, install energy- and water-saving equipment, and provide personalized recommendations for further savings.

CYES Energy Specialists

A team of CYES Energy Specialists who kicked off a successful first year in Stockton, CA

The CYES Green House Call is an innovative way to provide green training and meaningful employment for local youth, who suffer from greater unemployment than the general populace, while helping residents save money, save water, and reduce their carbon footprint.

Since the launch of CYES in 2000, Rising Sun has employed over 1,100 youth, served over 28,000 homes, and reduced GHG emissions by over 84,000 metric tons. With their expanded services into Stockton and the Central Valley, PG&E and Rising Sun are looking forward to 2015 and building on the momentum from this year’s great success.

*All data was supplied from Rising Sun Energy Center. Energy savings values are generated from PG&E deemed energy savings and GHG emissions reductions were calculated using the EPA GHG calculator.

Please direct questions to Will Quinn at GovtCommPartnerships@pge.com.

This story originally appeared on pgecurrents.com.