A new ESA multifamily program is coming!
ESA CAM is no longer accepting new applications, but a new multifamily affordable housing program will launch in Summer 2023! It will provide energy efficiency upgrades for income-qualified residential units and common areas. Learn more and submit an interest form to have your property screened for eligibility.

Program Essentials

Policies and Procedures

The policies and procedures document contains an overview of participation requirements.

Policies and Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view responses to frequently asked about the program.

Program Factsheet

The program factsheet provides an overview of the ESA CAM program.

Program Factsheet

The eligible measures list includes the current list of measures eligible for ESA CAM incentives.

Eligible Measures

The measure gallery helps visualize the array of eligible ESA CAM measures. 

Measure Gallery

Contractor Episode 1: Doing it Right the First Time – Tips for a Successful Installation with ESA CAM Technical Assistance

During Episode 1, on June 24th, ESA CAM staff provided contractors with an overview of lighting and HVAC installation and permitting best practices that make for a successful ESA CAM project. This information is designed to help project teams can avoid issues that may impact the project’s timeline or delay incentive payment.

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Contractor Episode 2: Preparing for Construction End – How to Get Paid & Educate Customers on New Equipment

During Episode 2, on August 26th, ESA CAM staff provided contractors with a thorough review of ESA CAM’s verification process to help project teams avoid issues that can impact payment timelines. This discussion included an overview of the ESA CAM Verification Package and best practices; including what exactly is needed to confirm permit compliance, measure specifications, photo documentation standards, and more. The team also provided tips on how to educate property staff on using and maintaining new equipment.

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PG&E Single Point of Contact Webinar – Multifamily Energy Efficiency Upgrade Programs – April 21, 2022

The PG&E Single Point of Contact (SPOC) hosted a roundtable webinar on multifamily incentive programs for existing buildings on April 21,2022. The webinar covers energy efficiency, renewable, and financing opportunities that can be layered to maximize funding for your building upgrades and retrofits.

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Webinar Archive

Newsletter Archive

Subscribe to the newsletter to stay updated on important program news and announcements.

Case Studies

Learn about completed ESA CAM projects in the program case studies.

  • Countrywood Apartments: No-cost comprehensive energy upgrades through program layering and advanced technical assistance.

  • AARTI Hotel: The AARTI Hotel, a property that houses formerly homeless youth in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, completed a lighting retrofit with funding from ESA CAM. The property installed new LED lighting and sensors in the community computer room, counseling offices, walkways, and stairwells that will create a brighter and safer environment for residents, while reducing owner utility bill costs by approximately $3,500 per year.

  • Woodcreek Terrace: Woodcreek Terrace leveraged both the ESA CAM program and the ESA In-unit program in order to complete a $59,417 holistic renovation for their residents. The ESA CAM program alone incentivized over $25,000 to upgrade the property’s central systems, providing reduced maintenance costs and repairs as well as enhanced safety and comfort for their residents.

  • The Altenheim Senior Living Community: ESA CAM helped cover the cost of new, energy-saving equipment at Eden Housing’s the Altenheim—a historic, six-acre campus in Oakland’s Dimond District that now serves as a senior living community. Along with improving resident comfort and safety, the upgrades will save the community an estimated $12,000 a year on energy bills.

Contractor Resources

Verification Training Modules

ESA CAM’s new training videos are available to help you successfully complete the verification steps and move your project towards payment.

View Training Modules

ESA CAM Sample Verification Package & Checklist

The Sample Verification Package comprises 12 sample files designed to represent a complete ESA CAM verification package. The Sample Verification Package will improve customer clarity on the quality and completeness of documentation and further establish program expectations. The numbering of these files align exactly with the Verification Package Checklist for ease of comparison.

The ESA CAM Verification Package Checklist is included in the Sample Verification Package download and is designed to help project teams ensure all documentation is complete and accurate prior to verification package submittal.

Download Sample Verification Package

ESA CAM Verification Checklist

Post-Benchmarking Guide

The post-benchmarking guide reviews how to maintain your PG&E Benchmarking Portal and ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager accounts.

Post-Benchmarking Guide

Blog Posts

This library of program specific resources are designed to support project teams in successfully completing an ESA CAM project.

View the ESA CAM Program Resources Blog Posts

Other Resources

PG&E Multifamily Single Point of Contact (SPOC)

PG&E’s Single Point of Contact Service (SPOC) assists multifamily customers by identifying current program and financing offerings for energy efficiency upgrades and construction. Contact their team at 866-352-7457 or to learn more.

SPOC Program Layering Guide: Upgrade Programs
Learn which California programs you can layer to leverage multiple funding sources for upgrade projects.
Click here to view the layering guide.

SPOC Program Layering Guide: New Construction Programs
Learn which California programs you can layer to leverage multiple funding sources for new construction projects.
Click here to view the layering guide.

SPOC In-Unit Upgrades and Resources for Residents
SPOC can help multifamily property residents find energy efficiency, water reduction, and energy bill saving incentive programs for their homes.
Click here to view the flyer.

California Climate & Energy Forum Poster- “How Multifamily Clean Energy Programs Help to Achieve Climate Action Goals”
ESA CAM’s abstract submission was chosen for the 13th Annual California Climate & Energy Forum- Accelerating Climate Action & Advancing Justice in San Diego on Sept 22nd, 2022. The goal of this poster is to help highlight the benefits of multifamily clean energy programs such as ESA CAM and the resources available to help stakeholders navigate the program landscape to find the right programs for their properties. Click here to view the poster.

Other ESA Websites

Southern California Gas, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric have similar programs within their service territories.

Click here to view a list of program websites for other service territories.