As Ventura moves into the future, it's important that we consider the health and wellness of our community systems. Energy management, be it efficiency or procurement, is an important part of how we run our city and plays a large role in preserving air and water quality in the region. The City of Ventura aims to reduce the energy use and utility costs of the buildings and facilities we operate. We have experienced first-hand how energy efficiency and renewable energy resources reduce operating and maintenance costs while decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels. For example, solar panels at the City's maintenance yard provide half of the electricity used at the facility, equivalent to roughly 30 Ventura homes.
While we pursue energy efficiency and renewable energy procurement opportunities as a municipality, it's important to us that we let the public know about the local resources available to improve the sustainability of homes and businesses throughout our city. This, among others, is the primary reason we are working to develop the City's first Energy Action Plan, leading up to a Climate Action Plan. Below are some selected resources for incentives, programs, resources, tips, and best practices for implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Solarize Ventura County is a community-led program brought to you by the Community Environmental Council in partnership with the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance that makes it easier and more affordable for local homeowners to go solar. Solarize Ventura County offers homeowners a limited-time discounted price for solar systems from vetted local solar companies and a free independent solar adviser.
During the 2020 Solarize Ventura County Program, ten City of Ventura residents installed solar systems on their homes, which totaled 49.15 kiloWatts (kW) of energy and included two battery systems.The Solarize Ventura County Program is currently closed. More information about the next Solarize Program will be made available here.