Trade Professional News August/September 2017


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  • Trade Professional Alliance Levels
  • Trade Professional Agreements
  • Foodservice Rebates
  • Energy Mangement Systems
  • Resources & Tools
  • Tool of the Month
  • Training Corner
  • Renewable Option

Trade Professional Alliance Levels

As of this year, there are two tiers of Trade Professionals. Those with a Contractors State License Board (CSLB) license are in Tier One. Learn more about obtaining a CSLB on Tier One contractors can apply for and receive payment on Rebate, Incentive and On-Bill Financing projects. Tier Two Trade Professionals do not have a CSLB license and are not able to receive payment on behalf of their customers. Both tiers receive:

  1. Listing in the SDG&E online Trade Professional Directory
  2. Notification of program updates
  3. Bi-monthly SDG&E Trade Professional e-newsletter
  4. Free seminars and training

Trade Professionals who do not hold a CSLB license may still participate as a Project Sponsor who can:

  • Submit projects on the customer’s behalf
  • Obtain project status updates via email or phone
  • Be listed on the project application as the Project Sponsor (but are not eligible to receive rebates and incentives on the customer’s behalf)

Trade Professionals with a valid CSLB license may do the same as above but ARE eligible to receive rebates and incentives on behalf of customers.

For details on the Trade Professional Alliance, visit or email us at [email protected].

Trade Professional Agreements

The 2017 Trade Professional Participation Agreements are available online and required of all Trade Professionals this year, whether you participated in the past or not. Visit for more information on requirements.

Foodservice Rebates

We have new non-lighting rebates including those for freezers and ice machines. Your foodservice customers will be interested! Distributor information is now available on the Business Rebates webpage. Here, customers and Trade Professionals interested in obtaining instant lighting rebates will find distributor contact information and the Qualifying Purchaser Acknowlegment Form.

Do your customers have a kitchen or cooler? Check out the new rebates for foodservice and refrigeration!

  • ID# 402160
    Glass-Door Reach-In Freezer 15-29 ft3
    New Rebate: $124.00

  • ID# 402161
    Glass-Door Reach-In Freezer 30-49 ft3
    New Rebate: $200.00

  • ID # 402017
    501-1,000 lbs. per 24 hrs. Ice Machines
    New Rebate: $240.00

  • ID # 402159
    Glass-Door Reach-In Freezer 50 ft3 and over
    New Rebate: $800.00

Learn more about other non-lighting rebates and see the 2017 energy efficiency business rebates catalog.

Energy Management Systems

Join us and learn about SDG&E’s Technology Incentive Program. This free training will help you understand the incentives and requirements to purchase an Automated Energy Management System (EMS). Implementing a customized, automated EMS allows your customers to use a pre-programmed load reduction plan.

We can help you educate your customers on how to maximize savings year-round, not just on Demand Response days, by purchasing and installing an EMS system. Your customer will appreciate learning how to monitor and control their energy use and costs, and optimize the way they use electricity.

You or your customer can learn more by attending one of SDG&E’s Technology Incentives training classes. This introductory level course covers the basic concepts and related benefits of Energy Management Systems (EMS), Automated Demand Response (ADR) and SDG&E’s Technology Incentive (TI) Program.

Interested? For more information:

Resources & Tools

Use our Resource & Tool Lending Library to find a variety of energy-efficiency and sustainability-related educational resources. There are books, DVDs and more than 100 energy-measuring tools. Best of all, they’re available to check out and try at home for free. If you have questions, or would like to check-out a tool, book or DVD, call the Energy Innovation Center at 858-496-7137 or email [email protected].

Tool of the Month

EXTECH Heavy Duty Differential Pressure Manometer (Tool #144)

  • ±2psi range, 11 Selectable units of measure
  • Max/Min/Avg recording and Relative time stamp
  • Data Hold, Auto power off and Zero function
  • Large LCD display with backlighting
  • Heavy duty, double-molded housing
  • Built-in USB port (Windows® compatible PC software and cable included)

Offering 11 selectable units of measure, the HD700 Differential Pressure Manometer can serve as a low range/high resolution Gauge or provide Differential Pressure up to 0 to 55.40 in. H2O (inches of water). Max/Min recording and Relative time stamp are useful features, as are HD700's Data Hold and Auto Power Off functions. The 2psi HD700 also features Zero function for offset correction or measurement and a built-in USB interface. Comes complete with 9V battery, Windows® compatible software with USB cable, AC Adaptor, connection hose, built-in stand, and hard carrying case.

To learn more, or borrow this tool or other reference materials at no cost, visit SDG&E’s Energy Resource and Tool Lending Library at the Energy Innovation Center – 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117.

Training Corner

To stay competitive, it’s important to keep your industry knowledge current. Take advantage of our free seminars and trainings. To register for a session, visit

"The multitude of courses, seminars, networking events and just overall training, as well as access to the SDG&E staff, has been vital to allowing myself and my staff to become successful and spread that message of energy efficiency to the San Diego market."

Nick Jackson
Stainability Consultant
Jackson & Blanc

SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117

Featured Seminar:

Decoding 2016 Title 24, Part 6: Let’s Talk Non-Residential Lighting

Take a deep dive into understanding Title 24 non-residential standards for lighting alterations

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2017





Lunch & Learn:
Trade Professional Series: On-Bill Financing
Thur 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. August 10

Trade Professional Program Essentials


8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sept 7

Hands-on Refrigerant Charge Measurement


8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sept 12

Lunch & Learn:
Leveraging Demand Response Solutions for Business Customers


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sept 28

Renewable Option

SDG&E’s EcoChoice program gives customers the option to purchase up to 100% clean, renewable energy. The program may be a good option for those who lease or don’t have the ability to adopt solar due to budget or the inability to put panels on their rooftop. With Ecochoice, there’s no upfront installation cost and you’re supporting clean, renewable energy in our community. Those who enroll will pay a small premium every month depending on their subscription level. Customers can visit our online calculator to estimate how much it will cost each month to purchase renewable energy through the program. Customers can also enroll online. For more information, visit