City of Santa Monica - Green Building Grant Program (California)

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Last modified on September 9, 2011.

Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name City of Santa Monica - Green Building Grant Program
Incentive Type Local Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Construction, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential, Institutional
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric, Bio-gas
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount 20,000 - 35,000 for LEED certification; 2,000 - 8,000 for LEED-Homes certification; up to 50% of costs for Innovation Technology Grants

Maximum Incentive Innovation Technology Grants have a maximum incentive of 5,000.

Program Administrator City of Santa Monica

References DSIRE[1]


The Santa Monica Green Building Program offers financial incentives for buildings and innovative building technologies certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, awarding two types of grants to promote green building throughout the city. With respect to renewable energy technologies, LEED awards 1-3 points based on the percentage of the total energy load met using renewable energy, including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydro, and bio-gas strategies. Renewable energy points are awarded for electric power generation only. However, additional points are available for reducing the overall energy consumption of buildings, which may be accomplished through other renewable energy strategies.

Grants for new private sector buildings are based on the level of certification attained under the LEED standards:

  • LEED Certified - $20,000
  • LEED Silver - $25,000
  • LEED Gold - $30,000
  • LEED Platinum - $35,000
All new construction and major renovation in commercial, affordable housing, mixed use, and multi-family residential that register for LEED (LEED-NC) certification are eligible to apply.  Additionally, grants may be issued for LEED-Homes certified buildings and will range from $2,000 to $3,500 for multifamily projects and from $3,000 to $8,000 for single family homes.

In the interest of promoting the adoption of new technologies designed to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, the City also offers Innovative Technology Grants for energy efficient systems and urban runoff mitigation technologies. These grants do not apply to self-generation technologies, only energy efficiency measures. However, hybrid systems, such as solar absorption chillers or solar-assisted heating systems, may be considered. Grants cover 50% of the cost of eligible systems up to a maximum of $5000.

Innovative Technology grants are available for all building types including commercial, affordable housing, mixed use, and single- and multi-family residential in both new and retrofit applications.

For more information about program eligibility and for application instructions, please refer to the program website. For more information about US Green Building Council or LEED, refer to

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: City of Santa Monica Staff Report (2004)

Authority 2: City of Santa Monica Staff Report (2008)

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Brenden McEneaney, LEED AP
Department City of Santa Monica
Address 1212 5th St., 1st Floor
Place Santa Monica, California
Zip/Postal Code 90401
Phone (310) 458-8549


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"