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.

City/Location

 

Electric Provider

 

Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

 

San Fernando Valley

 

LADWP

 

Anaheim

 

Anaheim Public Utilities

 

Azusa

 

Azusa Light and Power

 

Banning

The Electric Department

 

Burbank

 

Burbank Water and Power

 

Cerritos

 

Cerritos Electric Utility

 

Colton

 

Colton Electric Utility

 

Glendale

 

Glendale Water and Power

 

Imperial California

 

Imperial Irrigation District

 

Lompoc

 

Lompoc Public Utility

 

Pasadena

 

Pasadena Water and Power

 

Rancho Cucamonga

 

Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Utility

 

Riverside

 

Riverside Electric

 

Vernon

 

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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Get your extra sales incentive now through the end of the year!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Don't miss out on this exciting end of the year sales incentive!

                                        

 

Need that extra holiday bonus? From now through December 31, 2014, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) will provide an incentive of $100 per project directly to the salesperson responsible for selling the project. The incentive applies to the SoCalGas only program and both Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade projects will count.

Energy Upgrade California Energy Modeling Workshop

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Brush up on energy modeling!

Join us for this informative energy modeling workshop and enjoy lunch on us! A tutorial will be provided, and there will be time for troubleshooting and a question and answer session. In order to provide the most productive session possible please:

  • Come prepared to ask questions
  • Bring a laptop (if possible)
  • Bring a sample project (including the .bld file) that you have completed  

Date: November 21, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA 93021 FH (Fountain Hall) Room 212

Please register by Wednesday, November 19

Fourth Annual Contractor Appreciation Night

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dear Participating Contractors:

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: 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.

Full Incentives in Municipal Territories - EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Full Incentive Promotion Extended through January! 

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) would like to announce that our full incentive promotion will remain in effect until January 31, 2015
During this promotion, incentive levels in areas where SoCalGas® provides gas service and electrical service is provided by a municipal utility (e.g., Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Lompoc, Anaheim, etc.) will continue to be funded at 100 percent of the statewide levels through the end of January! Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to sell projects in areas with mature homes that stand to benefit greatly from our program. 

The table below lists all municipal electric service territories/cities served by SoCalGas, along with the program account manager that serves Participating Contractors in those areas. 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 about incentives in municipal service areas. 

 

City/Location

 

Electric Provider

 

Account Manager

 

Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

 

NOTE: The full incentive will be available in the LADWP service territory for the duration of the program cycle. 

 

Taurus Newborn

 

Hannah Laughlin

 

Phil Jacobs

 

San Fernando Valley

 

LADWP

 

Hannah Laughlin

 

Anaheim

 

Anaheim Public Utilities

 

Phil Jacobs

 

Azusa

 

Azusa Light and Power

 

Taurus Newborn

 

Banning

 

The Electric Department

 

Phil Jacobs 

 

Burbank

 

Burbank Water and Power

 

Hannah Laughlin

 

Cerritos

 

Cerritos Electric Utility

 

Phil Jacobs

 

Colton

 

Colton Electric Utility

 

Taurus Newborn

 

Glendale

 

Glendale Water and Power

 

Hannah Laughlin

 

Imperial California

 

Imperial Irrigation District

 

Phil Jacobs

 

Lompoc

 

Lompoc Public Utility

 

Hannah Laughlin

 

Pasadena

 

Pasadena Water and Power

 

Taurus Newborn

 

Rancho Cucamonga

 

Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Utility

 

Taurus Newborn

 

Riverside

 

Riverside Electric

 

Phil Jacobs

 

Vernon

 

Vernon Light and Power

 

Taurus Newborn

Sign up today before it's too late--only 2 days left to register for the Building Performance Institute Certification course!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Register now to earn your Building Performance Institute Certification!

Gain important Home Performance expertise that allows your business to participate fully in the Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade program by earning your Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certification. Through this course you will receive access to both training materials as well as BPI Building Analyst and Building Envelope Professional materials.

Enroll in our course today and receive the following:

  • 90-days access to the BPI online training course, including "print on demand" learning materials
  • Two days of classroom instruction with an approved BPI Super Proctor having a minimum of 5 years experience
  • Four days of field training with an approved BPI Super Proctor having a minimum of 5 years experience
  • Access to instructors before, during, and after your training to answer technical questions
  • Coverage of BPI Building Analyst Certification written and field exam fees
  • Printed Student Lecture Guide

Register by Wednesday, November 5, 2014 to enroll in the course!

When: Monday, November 17th - Saturday, November 22nd and Monday, November 24, 2014

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Ayres Hotel Corona, 1900 W. Frontage Road, Corona, CA 92882 and a local test house

 

Click this link to register online and find more information about the course!

Please call (805)-644-2877 or email info@ecginc.com with any questions.

Register now for the Consultative Selling Skills Workshop

Monday, October 27, 2014

Join us for a workshop on Consultative Selling Skills!

The Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade Program team invites you to an all-day workshop designed to help you gain the knowledge, skills and tools that will help you sell more projects, increase profit margins, and win in competitive situations. Join us for this special event targeted toward energy efficiency and home performance contractors, led by industry expert Jay Gentry.

Please select one of the following  workshops to attend:

 

 Date: Monday, Nov.17, 2014

 Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Residence Inn Burbank Downtown, 321 S. 1st Street, Burbank, CA 91502

 Register here

 

 Date: Tuesday, Nov.18, 2014

 Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Hampton Inn Norco Corona Eastvale, 1530 Hamner Avenue, Norco, CA 92860

 Register here

 

Space is limited---sign up early to guarantee your spot!

 

 

Specific topics include:

  • Consultative selling process
  • Pre-call preparation
  • Getting off on the right foot
  • Strategic questioning
  • Need-based presentations
  • Handling questions and objections
  • Gaining agreement
  • Building rapport and credibility 

 

 

 

 

 

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