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Center for Sustainable Energy

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.energycenter.org

Mission Statement

Accelerating the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy. At the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), we deliver high-impact sustainable energy programs. As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, our subject matter expertise and on-the-ground experience with a wide variety of sustainable energy solutions make us a trusted partner in meeting ambitious energy goals, saving money and improving the world.

Main Programs

  1. California Solar Initiative (CSI)
  2. CSI-Thermal Program (Solar Water Heating)
  3. Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP)
  4. Energy Advisory Service (EAS)
  5. Energy Efficiency
Service Areas

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National

San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; Boston, Mass.

ruling year

2001

Executive Director since 2013

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Mr. Len Hering

Keywords

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energy center, solar, ccse,

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EIN

33-0936366

 Number

1423413809

Also Known As

CSE

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Overview

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Energy affects all of us. Whether it's used to generate electricity or power our cars and machines, energy runs our economy and provides us with the comforts and lifestyles to which we've become accustomed.

Yet, fossil fuels, our primary current source of energy, are being depleted at a rapid rate while carbon emissions continue to rise worldwide. With demand for energy increasing, we must seek out and implement alternative solutions. Whether it's being more efficient or switching to renewables, it will require a total commitment from everyone in the community — businesses, residents and political leaders.

So be proactive. Make energy sustainability a priority for your organization, your home, your community. Reduce your power consumption during peak periods. Learn about renewable energy sources and help implement them. And of course, make  CCSE(javascript:void(0)) your first stop for support, information and assistance so your future can be a powerful one.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

California Solar Initiative (CSI)

Through the California Solar Initiative (CSI), the California Public Utilities Commission is providing $2.1 billion over the next 10 years to help existing businesses, public agencies and homeowners  lower their energy costs, reduce reliance on fossil fuel-fed power plants and create a sustainable energy future by using solar technology.

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Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 2

CSI-Thermal Program (Solar Water Heating)

The CSI-Thermal Program offers cash rebates of up to $1,875 for solar water heating systems on single-family homes. Multifamily and Commercial properties qualify for rebates of up to $500,000. Save money on gas or electricity bills by harnessing the heat of the sun!

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Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 3

Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP)

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The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project benefits the citizens of California by providing immediate air pollution emission reductions and stimulating development and deployment of the next generation of zero-emission light-duty and commercial vehicles.

Rebates of up to $5,000(/index.php/incentive-programs/clean-vehicle-rebate-project/cvrp-eligible-vehicles) per light-duty vehicle are available for individuals and business owners who purchase or lease new eligible zero-emission or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Certain zero-emission commercial vehicles are eligible for rebates up to $20,000.

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Program 4

Energy Advisory Service (EAS)

Helping clients discover ways to reduce their carbon footprint through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building services.
At the California Center for Sustainable Energy ( CCSE(javascript:void(0)) ), we are uniquely experienced in providing high quality expertise to customers interested in learning more about energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building and carbon impact. We manage and participate in a variety of ratepayer funded state incentive and education programs that provide a way for clean, green emerging and established technologies to expand their reach.

As we’ve grown, so has our depth of knowledge. Our staff includes a variety of accredited engineers, scientists, and technical specialists, whose passion for sustainability has brought them to CCSE(javascript:void(0)) .

Today’s landscape of utility tariffs, incentive programs, tax credits and emerging technologies can be confusing and intimidating. As a company experienced in navigating the process of identifying areas for change and presenting forward thinking solutions, CCSE(javascript:void(0)) is now offering our services to help customers implement energy efficiency and clean energy strategies.

In addition to technical expertise, our Policy team directly engages with California lawmakers to understand the current statutes, as well as potential changes currently driving through the legislature. Finally, our policy team routinely engages with state policymakers to help drive positive changes through our existing portfolio of incentive programs.

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Program 5

Energy Efficiency

From free educational workshops to technical expertise, CCSE(javascript:void(0)) offers professional advice and cost-cutting strategies to help consumers and industry professionals identify energy efficiency solutions at home at play and work.

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Service Areas

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National

San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; Boston, Mass.

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CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Center for Sustainable Energy

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Executive Director

Mr. Len Hering

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Michael Akavan

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