Study: Energy program could be jobs booster

SONOMA COUNTY – A Sonoma County program allowing for energy-efficient upgrades to buildings has already begun to create much needed contracting jobs, and according to a recent outlook report could create thousands more.

The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program is a financing vehicle for energy-efficiency improvements like insulation, windows, solar and more.

Dr. Rob Eyler, the chair of the economics department at Sonoma State University and the director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis, developed an employment and economic impact analysis and estimation for SCEIP.

“I was asked to put together a report essentially about how many jobs could be created by so much spending on this program,” Dr. Eyler said.

The program was made possible because of Assembly Bill 811, which allows cities and counties in California to create financing districts for energy improvements.

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