OAKLAND -- Retrofit Bay Area, a retrofit program led by the Association of Bay Area Governments, was awarded $10.75 million for region-wide residential building energy retrofits from the California Energy Commission. 

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties will receive funds over 2010 and 2011.

Retrofit Bay Area is expected to create 1,739 jobs, retrofit 15,000 single-family and 2,000 multi-family homes, and reduce annual purchased energy consumption by $6.7 million.  This program is expected to have a total economic impact of more than $170 million.

The goals include making energy efficiency and renewable energy options the first choice of Bay Area residents, while creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

Program elements such as homeowner rebates to attract participation and contractor business expansion loans, green workforce training and contractor scholarships, and an expansive outreach campaign combine to work towards achievement of California’s and the nation’s energy and climate change goals. 

ABAG will develop a convenient and user-friendly experience for Bay Area residents to access information via a centralized space with a program website and regional call-center.

The program partners represent 95 cities and towns, eight counties, and numerous public and private organizations from throughout the Bay Area.

It has yet to be determined how much of the funds will to go which counties.