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Aging & Independence Services

Cool Zones in San Diego County

Locations where older adults and others can take refuge during dangerously hot weather spells.

Aging & Independence Services   

Operated by San Diego County

To find the Cool Zone nearest you, call 800-510-2020 or click here to find a site near you.

Updated June 20, 2017

Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute

The Alliance to Save Energy

Alternative Energy Solutions

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA)

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 

American Solar Energy Society 

America Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

California Energy Commission's Energy Facility Sitings & Licensing

California Energy Commission's Title 24 Requirements

California Public Utilities Commission's Green Team Report(Financing Programs for Renewable Energy)

Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association (CIMA)

Consumer Federation of California


Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST)

Efficient Windows collaborative Alliance to Save Energy


Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection

Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA)

International Solar Energy Society Wired

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National Association of Energy Service Companies

National Association of Home Builders

National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

National Insulation Association

National Wood Window and Door Association

Utility Reform Network (San Francisco):

The Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) has conducted a review of the Solar Rights Act and the Solar Shade Control Act in anticipation of increased demand for solar energy in the near future.

The Solar Shade Control Act grants certain protections to owners of solar collectors. Solar collectors that are blocked by the shade of a neighbor's tree or shrub may be protected under the Shade Act. The solar owner must be able to answer "Yes" to the following questions:   

  • Does the neighboring tree or shrub shade more than 10% of the solar collector between 10 am and 2 pm local standard time?
  • Was the tree or shrub in question planted, or did the tree or shrub in question grow to shade the solar collector, after the solar collector's installation?
  • Did the tree or shrub in question begin to cast a shadow on the solar collector one year after the solar collector's installation?
  • Was the tree or shrub in question planted after January 1, 2013?
  • Was the solar collector installed pursuant to the Section 25982 setback requirements?
  • Does the solar collector meet the statutory definition of a "solar collector" provided in Section 25981?

There may be no violation of the Shade Act on the part of the tree or shrub owner if any of the following questions can be answered "No":

  • Does the tree or shrub shade more than 10% of the solar collector between 10 am and 2pm local standard time?
  • Do you own or lease the property on which the tree or shrub is located?
  • Was the tree or shrub in question was planted after January 1, 2013?

In addition to the questions above, the tree owner may not be in violation of the Shade act if any of the following questions can be answered "Yes":

  • During the 12 months following installation of the solar collector, did the tree or shrub in question cast a shadow on the solar collector?
  • Is the tree or shrub in question owned by a municipality that has passed an ordinance exempting itself from the Act?
  • Is the tree or shrub in question growing on land designated as timberland or agricultural land?
  • Are the trees or shrubs in question part of a passive cooling and heating strategy in which net energy savings from the passive solar system are demonstrably greater than those of the shaded solar collector?

California Energy Commission (CEC): Emerging Renewables Program. The State's Emerging Renewables program (formerly the Buy Down program) is applicable to Fuel Cells, Solar Panels and Inverters, and Small Wind Turbine installations. The CEC is offering up to $4,500 per kilowatt, or up to 50 percent off your system purchase price (whichever is less), making it more affordable to generate your own electricity using renewable energy. Contact the California Energy Commission's Energy Call Center at 800-555-7794 for more information.

To find rebates see the Emerging Renewables Program Rebates page at the Consumer Energy Center or search the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

If you decide to hire a contractor to upgrade your home, please check their status with the Contractor's State Licensing Board (CSLB) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We will update this site with information on installers as it comes available. There are two different contractor licenses that applicable to installing solar hot water systems and solar power systems. The C-10 license is for Electrical Contractors, the C-46 license indicates a Solar Contractor and a C-53 license applies to Swimming Pool Contractors.

CSLB: 800-321-2752 or www.cslb.ca.gov

BBB: 858-496-2131 or www.sandiego.bbb.org


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