News and Updates

Important Information Regarding Tax Credits

Friday, December 19, 2014

Reminder: Appropriate Documentation for Solar Upgrades Installed in Conjunction with Program Projects

As a Participating Contractor, you are able to offer a variety of measures, upgrades and products to your customers - some covered by the Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade incentives and others which are not a part of the program, including photovoltaic or solar thermal measures.

Make sure when your scope of work includes both Home Upgrade measures and measures that are eligible for tax credits (solar thermal and PV) that your customer invoice clearly distinguishes between the cost of the items that are eligible for tax credits and the cost of the Home Upgrade measures. Tax credits are calculated based on the cost of the solar measures only. Bundling of Home Upgrade and Solar costs can result in incorrect calculation of the tax credit and serious issues for both the homeowner and the Participating Contractor. Keep this important requirement in mind as we approach the upcoming tax season.

NOTE: Solar PV systems or solar thermal systems may be eligible for the 30 percent Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). This information regarding taxes, tax credits, tax basis or depreciation is meant to make the customer aware of these benefits only. Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company do not provide tax advice. Please seek professional advice from a qualified tax advisor or tax specialist to check the applicability and eligibility before claiming any tax benefits or exemptions.

Reminder: Fourth Annual Contractor Appreciation Night

Monday, December 8, 2014

Reminder! Our Fourth Annual Contractor Appreciation Night is this Thursday. Make sure you are registered to attend!

Dear Participating Contractors and Industry Allies,

We appreciate all your hard work and accomplishments during 2014, and want to take a night to celebrate your achievements and show our gratitude. We've planned a night of good food, fun, prizes and even some entertainment for you!

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time: 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: The Westin Pasadena, 191 North Los Robles, Pasadena, California 91101

Please register online now to let us know you are coming. Up to two individuals from each company are invited to attend. Please make sure that each attendee registers for the event individually, since we need to collect shirt size information.

Hands-On Training Series: Combustion Safety Testing

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hands-On Training Series: Combustion Safety Testing

 We are pleased to kick off our Hands-On Training Series with a combustion safety testing class. Meet with a small group and program staff for a refresher on:

  • Worst Case Pressurization
  • Spillage and Draft Testing
  • Natural Gas Line Leakage Detection

 The class will take place in a home in the South Bay area. Two course times are offered, and class size is limited to five individuals to allow participants the opportunity to ask questions and engage with program mentors. Please note, this course is only open to current Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analysts (BA). Participants will receive BPI CEUs for attending. 

Date: December 15, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Customer home in the South Bay area - address to be provided upon registration. 


Please register online to reserve your spot today!

 Register for AM session (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

 Register for PM session (1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Gas Only Program: Duct Insulation Now Qualifies as a Shell Measure!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Exciting Program Addition: Duct Insulation Qualifies as a Shell Measure!

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) would like to announce that duct insulation now qualifies as a shell measure for your SoCalGas/municipal utility projects! This program addition is effective immediately on December 1, 2014.

Duct insulation is an excellent complementary measure when installing new HVAC systems, and will now count as the required additional shell measure. Help your customers take advantage of this opportunity to earn up to $2,500 in incentives when they replace their HVAC system and ducts.

Also, don't forget to take advantage of the limited time Fall Special promotion and receive an extra 50 points (not to exceed the program maximum of 250 points) on all SoCalGas/municipal utility Home Upgrade projects by entering the coupon code "FallSpecial" when submitting your SoCalGas Home Upgrade projects using the Web App. Additional conditions apply to the Fall Special if you are installing an HVAC system and your customer's electrical provider is LADWP.

The table below lists all municipal electric service territories/cities served by SoCalGas. Feel free to contact your account manager directly, or simply call our Participating Contractor service line by email or by phone at 855-355-6675 if you have any questions.



Electric Provider


Los Angeles


Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)


San Fernando Valley






Anaheim Public Utilities




Azusa Light and Power



The Electric Department




Burbank Water and Power




Cerritos Electric Utility




Colton Electric Utility




Glendale Water and Power


Imperial California


Imperial Irrigation District




Lompoc Public Utility




Pasadena Water and Power


Rancho Cucamonga


Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Utility




Riverside Electric




Vernon Light and Power



Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects that can reduce energy use and make homes more comfortable. This statewide program is managed locally by utilities and regional energy networks and directed by the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission. Funding comes from utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are effective until funding is expended or the program is discontinued. Programs may be modified or terminated without prior notice. Southern California Gas Company is not responsible for any goods or services selected by the customer.

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