November 2020 Program Updates
With the end of 2020 approaching, please remember to complete and submit all Program close-out documentation (e.g., final invoices, permit forms, etc.). This will ensure a smooth transition as we head into 2021. Please sign and submit all reservation letters to ensure we close out projects promptly.

There are many projects with assessment reports and/or reservation letters currently outstanding. To encourage these projects to commit to a scope of work for 2021 installation, we will be offering a $1,000 bonus for any reservation letter signed and returned to us by 12/31/2020 (subject to budget availability).

The Multifamily Program will also be holding a virtual kick-off meeting where we will go over both the old and new forms, new processes, and 2021 Program expectations. We will also be honoring contractors with awards for all their hard work during 2020. We will have more details on this event later this year and will send out a formal e-vite.

To accommodate all Participating Contractors as best as possible. Please participate in the poll below and choose what time of the day would be best for you to attend the upcoming 2021 Contractor Kick-Off.
Contractor Kick-Off: What Time of the Day Works Best for You?
Morning Option – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Option – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Evening Option – 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Remaining 2020 Incentive Budget
As of now, approximately 54% of the SoCalREN Multifamily Program incentive budget is remaining for 2020. Budget updates will be included in monthly newsletters going forward. Also, as we close out the year, we will be providing weekly updates on the status of the program incentive budget. We currently have 54 percent of the incentive budget available to commit to new projects. However, our current project pipeline exceeds the available budget for 2020, and we are working with all contractors to issue reservation letters. We expect the budget to be fully committed soon and once it is committed, all subsequent project submittals will be waitlisted until the 2021 Program budget is announced. Please work closely with your Account Representative to ensure that we can commit your project with the current budget.
Reminder: 2020 Submittal, Construction, and Close-Out Deadlines
As a reminder, and to ensure ample time to process your projects and incentive payments during 2020, the SoCalREN Multifamily Program has set several submittal and construction deadlines for the remainder of this year. Please review the dates below and work with your Account Manager as needed to meet the deadlines. 
  • 11/24/20: Last Day to complete project construction
  • 12/11/20: Last Day to submit project close-out documentation (e.g. final invoices, permit forms, etc.)

We will be prioritizing final inspection and check processing on a first in, first out basis so if any of these dates are missed, project review will slip into 2021.
Announcements
As we continue to navigate the rest of the year with COVID-19, please visit the SoCalREN COVID-19 Impacts and Updates page for the latest information on field activities, links to State and local government resources, and other information related to the pandemic. 
Financing opportunities for participating customers are in development. Make energy-saving upgrades and enjoy below-market financing! Watch your inbox for more details on the Multifamily Financing Program. We will provide training, marketing materials, and additional support to help Participating Contractors offer financing to customers. 
Technical Tip
Did you know that if everyone used an ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostat, we would save 56 trillion BTUs of energy - saving $740 million each year - and offset 13 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year, equivalent to the emissions of 1.2 million vehicles? For your current or future projects, consider adding a smart thermostat to the project’s scope of work. Please make sure the thermostat chosen for the property meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines to qualify for an incentive. Please note that not every smart thermostat is ENERGY STAR certified. To ensure your chosen equipment is ENERGY STAR certified, please visit this link.
SoCalREN Energy Efficiency Learning Center 
As we prepare for 2021, Participating Contractors can take advantage of the SoCalREN Energy Efficiency Learning Center (EELC). The EELC is available for you and your staff to take e-learning courses at your own pace from the comfort and safety of your home or office. The SoCalREN EELC is available to you at no cost as a Participating Contractor. The EELC offers a growing catalog of courses in a variety of categories including:
  • HVAC
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Commercial Energy Efficiency
  • Continuing Education Units
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI)
  • Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
  • North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

All these accredited courses are currently housed in the EELC. Currently, there are more than 80 active courses available. To access these courses, please email the SoCalREN team, and we will create a login for you and any staff members interested in taking advantage of this SoCalREN Program benefit. 
Connect With Us On Social Media
Give us a follow! Keep up with Program updates, virtual events, and other news happening related to the Multifamily Program. Don’t forget to tag us if you’re photographing any of your current projects. We will be sure to highlight and repost your post!
Social Media Project Close-Out Challenge
As we continue to close out 2020 projects, we encourage all Participating Contractors to participate in our social media project close-out challenge. Here is how to enter:
  • Take a photo onsite of one of your completed projects
  • Tag the location and SoCalREN and in the caption use the hashtag #SoCalRENCompletedProjects

Simple as that! You can post on any social media platform such as Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to enter. Participating Contractors can submit as many photos as they want. On November 1, 2020 we will choose one random winner that used the hashtag, and they will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. The winner will receive notification the first week of November and will be announced in the November Newsletter. Good luck!
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