SolarTech is an industry advocacy association based in Silicon Valley. They support a national network of solar manufacturers, dealers, integrators, training providers, utilities, and government agencies. They have initiatives in a number of areas including permitting, finance, workforce development, standards, and performance of products. The organization is active in workforce training programs.
Efficiency First is an industry advocacy organization for the home performance energy efficiency industry. It has offices in Washington D.C. and San Francisco, and was started by Matt Golden who ran home performance contracting companies in the Bay Area. The organization advocates for policies, incentives, and industry standards. It has best practice committees and does state and local organizing. There are some interesting position papers and research papers at the organization’s website. Becoming a member offers access to their webinar series.
North American Remodeling Industry (NARI) Bay Area Chapter in San Francisco supports the national advocacy organization and offers credentialing programs and a range of monthly events valuable for professionals in the residential remodeling industry. Increasingly, the organization expresses interest in energy efficiency and renewable products and services.
The Association of Energy Affordability (AEA) is the premier industry association for residential, multifamily energy efficiency. Their main office is in New York, but due to the momentum in California for multifamily energy efficiency, the AEA created an office in Emeryville. The organization has wide-ranging services, portfolio management, technical assistance to developers, program management, research, and energy efficiency and Weatherization training.
The Electric & Gas Industries Association is a multiservice organization that promotes energy efficiency and renewables for contractors and utilities. The organization offers a terrific webinar series, the Leadership Academy, a valuable resource for Skyline energy students.
The Peninsula Builders Exchange in San Carlos offers resources for commercial contractors. One of their main services is to disseminate and coordinate commercial and public contract bids. There are offices of the Builders exchange in several counties around the Bay Area.