SONOMA COUNTY — Sonoma County was awarded $2,537,000 in State Energy Program funds from the California Energy Commission. The county's application was ranked fourth highest, and it was one of only five applications funded statewide. It also received two additional awards through strategic partnerships.

The funds will be used to augment the efforts of the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program, or SCEIP, to pay for home energy audits and enhanced water conservation efforts as well as leverage additional funds.

In addition, the North Coast Energy Independence Program got approval for its $4.3 million application, a joint effort of Sonoma, Mendocino, Del Norte, Trinity, Siskiyou and Humboldt counties. The program will be modeled on SCEIP.

The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority also received $1,195,000 as a partner in a regional residential State Energy Program proposal led by the Association of Bay Area Governments. The money will support energy-efficiency home retrofits for the new Countywide Retrofit/Renewables Program, set to launch in April. It will partner with existing providers and programs to complete retrofits.