links people and places to renewable energy.”
Welcome! REDI’s mission is to develop energy conservation,
energy efficiency, and renewable energy for the public benefit. REDI is serving the counties of Mendocino and Lake in the North Coast region of California.
Please feel free explore the website to see where we’ve been, what we're doing now, and how it may be of direct benefit to You.
The next free Mendocino Energy Upgrade California
Finance Workshop will be Thursday, February 16, 2012, in Willits, at the Little Lake Grange, 291 School Street, home owners and contractors countywide are welcome to attend.
See this page to register or for more information.
Applications for the CARE program (California Alternate Rates for Energy) are available in English and Espaņol on the CARE page.
The next Contractor Financing Workshop will be coast side in Fort Bragg this September, contractors countywide are welcome to attend, watch this page for further details.
The power point presentations from the inland workshop have been converted into PDF format and are available for download on the Links page.
The next free H.E.L.P workshop will be at the Fort Bragg Food Bank (910 North Franklin St, Fort Bragg) on Friday August 12th, from 11 am until 1:30 pm.
The inland Contractor Financing Workshop was quite successful with over thirty attendees. The power point presentations from the workshop have been converted into PDF format and are available for download on the Links page.
The H.E.L.P. workshop at the Fort Bragg Grange attracted many interested people.
The next free H.E.L.P workshop will be at the Fort Bragg Grange (6 miles North of Fort Bragg) on July 27th, at 7 pm.
H.E.L.P brochures are now available on-line as a download in English and Espaņol. Get them here.
REDI staff held the first of several H.E.L.P (Home Energy Link Program) workshops on June 23rd at the Fort Bragg Senior Center. More here.
REDI is currently offering assistance to Mendocino and Lake
County residents through H.E.L.P., the Home Energy Link Program, and
Energy Upgrade California.
designed to assist low income residents within the city limits of
Willits and Fort Bragg, by providing information and access to low cost
utility services and free weatherization and energy efficiency
improvements designed to reduce energy and heating costs.
Energy Upgrade California
is a statewide program that offers homeowners, businesses and public
entities access to information, referrals, rebates, and financial
incentives for implementing energy-saving improvements. REDI is the
program representative for Lake and Mendocino Counties
REDI will host on Open House on Friday, October 22, 2010,
from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, coinciding with the Harvest Moon Hometown
in downtown Willits. Stop by the REDI Haus at 121 West
Commercial Street. Invitation
We will be commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the
Solar Energy Expo & Rally (SEER), 1990-2010. The REDI founders
organized the first SEER event in 1990 and in 1992, after three annual
SEER events in Willits, made a strategic plan the formed the basis of
the new nonprofit. REDI was incorporated in 1993 and has continued to
this day, working to educate, promote and facilitate the widespread use
of renewable energy.
REDI’s Board of Directors conducted its annual officers
election at the December meeting yesterday. Please view our page About - Staff for results.
MCOG met today, receiving a staff report on the pending
proposal to form a “Mendocino Area Energy Authority.” At the Board’s
direction, the proposal had been circulated among the five member
entities for a vote to amend the Joint Powers Agreement by adding energy
to its specific powers. The proposal failed to get the unanimous
approval required to form the energy authority. MCOG meeting minutes - see Agenda #14c4
Regional energy planning is currently under consideration by the
Mendocino Council of Governments. MCOG, the transportation planning
agency for the countywide region, has circulated among its five member
jurisdictions a proposed amendment to its joint powers agreement that
would add energy to its functional areas. All four city councils and the
county Board of Supervisors must approve the amendment by resolution
for it to take effect. If this enabling legislation is passed, MCOG’s
executive director has indicated that a memorandum of understanding
would be drafted to define the scope of activity and address all
concerns of interested parties. It is unknown at this time how such a
planning agency would interface with existing conservation, efficiency
and renewable energy efforts, if at all. REDI, as a 501c3 tax-exempt
public benefit organization restricted from lobbying, has not taken a
position on this issue and remains neutral. We await with interest the
outcome of this important vote.
The Executive Director position is now closed. See About - Staff
The Home Energy Link Program continues in Willits with renewed funding from the City for Fiscal Year 2009/10.
REDI has donated a solar energy system to Brookside
School, with assistance from Willits Electric and WELL, for use in the
food garden project. Director Ralph Pisciotta organized the
installation. Letter to school district
REDI Announces Position Open for Part-Time Executive Director
Year end letter from REDI President & ED
2008 Annual Report
We’re now wrapping up another productive year. The REDI team has been
building relationships, working the funding streams, reaching out and
meeting needs. These are some of the highlights...
As part of its ongoing research and commitment to energy efficiency,
the Renewable Energy Development Institute installed 13 new windows at
the “REDI Haus” in downtown Willits earlier this month. Read story
REDI completed the second
year of HELP, the Home Energy Link Program, and turned in a report June
30, 2008. Total weatherizations to date (complete or in progress) are
140, helping to plug the energy leaks in our community. The City of
Willits' investment of $150,000 has returned over $1.3 million in value
over the life of the retrofits. Download Report of FY 2007/08 (2.5 MB pdf)
The City has funded FY 2008/09, so services are continuing. Contact the REDI office to learn more.
Find our HELP
table at the Willits Farmers Market when the season starts up again next
week, every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the City Park.
REDI will co-sponsor Willits' Earth Day Celebration "Sustaining
the Planet - Sustaining Ourselves" on Sunday, April 20 from 10:00 AM to
6:00 PM at the Willits Community Center - 111 East Commercial Street.
At least 20 local projects and organizations will have tables of
information, ways you can get involved and fascinating demonstrations.
Musicians, dancers, and others will entertain us throughout the day.
Our Keynote Speaker will be adventurer, NPR contributor and goat herder Doug Fine, author of Farewell, My Subaru, who will tell us "How Anyone Can Get Oil Out of His or Her Life." Other speakers will include:
-Sheriff Tom Allman talking about the role of CERT and the Red Cross, and how you can get involved;
-Jason Bradford of WELL on local food and food security;
-Author Jed Diamond, LSW, speaking on Walking our Local Community; and
-Paula Britton on Global Warming and what we can do about it.
Sponsored by: Willits
Economic Localization (WELL) and Renewable Energy Development Institute
(REDI). For more information, call 459-7076.
We're pleased to announce that the City of Willits has extended our annual contract for the Home Energy Link Program (HELP). REDI continues to offer assistance to income-eligible Willits residents with applications for free home weatherizations! Learn more