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FREE E-Contractor Academy - City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles County
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E-Contractor Academy

The County of Los Angeles will execute a $30 million energy efficiency retrofit pilot project—to upgrade lighting and mechanical systems, and solar rooftop installations on its buildings— as part of the California Public Utility Commission’s Southern California

Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN). SoCalREN is a local government regional energy network pilot program serving SCE and SCG service areas. The program will achieve greater energy savings by driving the development and implementation of local energy sustainability programs and providing local governments with technical assistance, financing and expertise to execute shelf-ready energy efficiency retrofit projects. Upon implementing a successful pilot program, the County will seek to facilitate countywide

energy efficiency projects valued at almost $1 billion.

The County pilot project will award contracts that promote local, small contractor participation and an integrated workforce development strategy that stimulates the creation of local, highly skilled careers. To carry out these objectives, the County established a partnership with Emerald Cities Collaborative to implement the E-Contractor Academy sponsored by Citi Community Development (Citibank) and a workforce development strategy rooted in a direct pipeline to union apprenticeship.

Contractors enrolled in the E-Contractor Academy must attend the seven (7) workshops to graduate from the program. Each workshop is three hours in the evening, one workshop per week. There is no cost to participate, but there is a significant investment of time that is required and contractors must possess a California contractor’s license.

The E-Contractor Academy is designed to prepare small contractors to compete and perform energy efficiency retrofit projects for and within the County of Los Angeles, and for school districts and colleges receiving $2.5 billion for similar energy efficiency contracts through California Proposition 39.


§ Introduction to SoCalREN and Green Building Basics

§ How to Bid on Energy Efficiency Projects

§ Access to Capital, Bonding, and Insurance

§ Safety Program for Energy Efficiency Projects

§ Bidding Principles

§ Labor Compliance (e.g. certified payroll), Project

Labor Agreements (PLA), Community Workforce

Agreements (CWA) including local hire agreements,

and how to benefit from becoming a Building

Trades Signatory Contractor

§ LCP Tracker and B2GNow User Training


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Phone (213) 226-0349



Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.

Ninth Council District

Business Resource Center

4301 S. Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90011

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