Home & Building Owner Electrification Resources

Preferred
Contractors
Funding Resources
Electrification
Guidance

Preferred Contractors in the Truckee Tahoe Region

Phone: (530) 477-0695
Location: Grass Valley and surrounding areas
Services: heat pumps, ductless mini-splits, heat pump water heaters
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Phone: (530) 272-6351
Location: Grass Valley, but serve Truckee area
Services: Heat pumps, ductless mini splits, heat pump water heaters
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Phone: (530) 210-2275
Location: North and West Shore Tahoe, Truckee
Services: Heat pumps, ductless mini splits, heat pump water heaters
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Phone: (775) 800-5000
Location: Reno, NV
Services: Heat pumps, ductless mini splits, heat pump water heaters
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Phone: (530) 848-4027
Location: Truckee
Services: Heat pump water heaters, solar thermal & photovoltaics
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If you are a contractor qualified to work on electrification projects and would like to be added, please contact cta@sierrabusiness.org.

Electrification Funding, Financing, & Incentives

EntityTypeBuilding TypeEquipment/TechnologyAmountLayerable?Who applies
Federal Tax creditSingle and mulifamily homesAir source heat pumps, single-zone or partial-home mini-split heat pumpsup to $2,000, or 30% of the installation cost, whichever is less.YesHomeowner
Renter
Federal Tax creditSingle and mulifamily homesHeat Pump Water Heater (HPWH)Eligible for 30% of costs, including labor, up to yearly maximum limit of $2,000 for installs on existing homesYesHomeowner
Renter
FederalTax creditSingle and mulifamily homesElectrical panel upgrade if upgraded with a qualified energy efficiency improvement or heat pump/HPWH installsEligible for 30% of costs, including labor, up to yearly maximum limit of $600YesHomeowner
Renter
FederalTax creditN/ANew, qualified plug-in EV or fuel cell electric vehicle.Up to $7,500YesHomeowner
Renter
FederalTax creditSolar electric panelsEquals 30% of the costs of new, qualified clean energy property for your home installed anytime from 2022 through 2032NoHomeowner renter
TECH Clean California IncentiveSingle-family homeHeat Pumps, Ducted (central air, HVAC), Heat Pumps, Ductless (mini-split)$1,000 for new heat pump HVAC systems, with up to two incentivized systems per home for a total of $2,000.YesTECH-certified contractor
Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD)IncentiveSingle-family homeHeat Pump Water HeatersReplacing electric unit: $750
Replacing gas unit: $1,000
Yes
Homeowner
Renter
TDPUDIncentiveSingle-family homeHeat Pumps for Space Heating & Air Conditioning$200-$800 credit that goes towards active TDPUD accountYesHomeowner
Renter
TDPUDIncentiveElectric Vehicle charging stationResidential Energy Star Listed EV Charger: $600
Residential EV Charger: SMART Charger: +$350
Homeowner
Renter

Electrification Guidance

Home Assessment

To begin your electrification journey, it is important to conduct an energy audit, including a blower door test, on your home or business to identify areas of improvement in insulation and weatherization. Improving your building’s envelope not only decreases energy consumption but also helps to accurately size equipment and maximize its efficiency. An audit may also determine your building or home’s electrical service amperage. It is important to know your building’s amperage as it can help determine if your current service can fully support the increased electrical load. 

Heat Pump Space Heating & Cooling

To upgrade to heat pumps for space heating and cooling, it is recommended to work with a licensed HVAC contractor that is familiar with heat pump installations (see ‘Preferred Contractors’ section). The contractor should provide you with a ‘manual J’ calculation which identifies the heating and cooling capacity of a building and describes the size of equipment needed to service your building. Heat pump sizing is variable, ranging from window units to central systems, so it is important to consult with an expert about what the best option could be for you and what rebates are available.

Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH)

HPWH retrofits are simpler than space heating and cooling systems since you can simply swap your old water heater with a modern HPWH unit. Depending on your water heating needs , HPWHs can be a quick retrofit that results in significant savings. This is an especially good option if your existing water heater has been in use for around 10 years or longer and is due for an upgrade. Similar to heat pump space heating and cooling, there are different sizing options and potential rebates that you should consider with a licensed contractor.

Electric Cooking

Transitioning from natural gas to electric ranges will do more than just improve your carbon emissions, it will also eliminate the occurrence of poor indoor air quality resulting from the open burning of fossil fuels in your kitchen. Electric stovetops can be found in the form of either traditional electric resistance burners, radiant cooktops, or modern induction burners. A cheap option is to buy a portable electric induction burner to use instead of a complete retrofit. If you are converting from a gas range to an electric one, make sure that the outlets in your kitchen can serve large appliances. You may require the help of an electrician to solve this issue.

Electric Clothes Dryer

The clothes dryer retrofit process is similar to what was described in the cooking appliances section. Though gas-powered clothes dryers will take priority for electrification projects, some older electric dryers are also inefficient and could merit a replacement if the funds are available. Ventless dryers are more efficient than vented, which is more common and less expensive, and use either heat pump or condensing methods to dry clothes. Like with cooking electrification, make sure that the outlets in your laundry area are capable of supporting larger electric loads if you are converting from gas to electric-powered appliances.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Chargers

Though more expensive than the appliances featured so far, compared with their gas counterparts, EVs can make a large impact on emissions and costs depending on the frequency and mileage of individual vehicle usage.  For residential homes, chargers can come in ‘Level 1’ or ‘Level 2’ options. Level 1 chargers can use standard 120V AC wall outlets and, though slower to charge, may be sufficient depending on individual needs. Level 2 chargers provide faster at-home charging, though you will likely need to hire an electrician to install a new 240V outlet near where your car is charged.

Backup Power & Redundant Systems

For regions that experience frequent power outages due to winter conditions or public safety power shutoffs, you may want to consider backup power systems. Options for backup power systems can include battery storage and generators. You may also consider keeping redundant heating sources such as heating stoves.   

Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels and Battery Storage

Rooftop solar PV panels are more accessible than ever and are a good option for those who would like to utilize renewables to a greater extent than what their electric utility company provides. However, it is important to improve energy efficiency as much as possible, which can be done by following the previous six steps to get the most out of your solar panels. 

Solar panel installation can also be paired with on-site battery storage, which can provide electricity for nighttime use or during power outages. Battery storage can also optimize electricity usage for those on Time-of-Use rates, where stored energy can be used during higher rate periods. A solar and battery storage system is often the final step to reach full electrification, emissions reductions, and energy resiliency goals. There are a wide range of solar panel and battery options available, both in terms of operation and financing. Therefore, we recommend you work with a professional solar installer to determine the best option for you.

Purchase Renewable Energy (If Available)

A smart step to reach electrification and emissions reduction goals is to ensure that the energy your home is receiving from your utility is coming from renewable sources. Many utilities have renewable energy plans that customers can opt into. If a renewable energy plan is unavailable, electric utility companies are still working on including more and more renewable energy sources in their portfolios. 

Putting pressure on your electricity provider to continue this trend will help your community lower emissions related to electricity production.

Electrical Service

Your home or business may require an upgraded electrical panel (also known as the breaker box, load center, or fuse box) to fully support increased electrical loads. To find out the capacity of your panel, there should be a label within the panel that indicates its amperage rating. If upgrading the electrical panel is not immediately feasible, you may want explore alternative services and talk to an electrician to ensure the alternative options can work for you. 

  • Circuit-sharing plugs connect two appliances to a single circuit — an EV charger and an electric dryer, for example — but allow only one to run at a time.
  • Smart devices can keep equipment from drawing an unsafe amount of power by turning individual circuits on and off. For example, smart devices can flatten demand peaks in a 100-amp home by temporarily pausing EV charging.
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