The Press Democrat
In an event that served to tout both the federal Inflation Reduction Act and Sonoma Clean Power’s Advanced Energy Center, Rep. Mike Thompson took to the rostrum Tuesday to urge the public to take the opportunities at hand to heart.
The landmark bill includes $369 billion to lower carbon emissions and fight climate, including tax incentives that lower financial barriers to electric vehicles, rooftop solar panels, geothermal heating, energy efficient renovations, solar storage batteries and the like — much of which can be researched and purchased through the Advanced Energy Center opened on Fourth Street last year by Sonoma Clean Power.
Developed with a $9.8 million grant from the California Energy Commission, the center offers demonstrations and purchasing information on a host of low-carbon technologies, appliances and tools — everything from induction cooking ranges to all-electric chain saws, high-efficiency heat pumps and electric vehicle charging devices.
“This is an amazing spot, where you can walk in the door and you can see firsthand all the different products that you have access to that will actually help us deal with the climate crisis in addition to lowering your energy costs and improving your life,” Thompson said. “And everything is here, under one roof, and you can get the advice that you need and see firsthand what these things are.”