CARE for Qualified Agricultural Employee Housing Facilities

Housing facility for agricultural employees may be eligible for the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program. Apply to receive a monthly discount on your energy bills if your facility meets the requirements below.

Program Guidelines

  • The facility must meet the definition in Subdivision (b) of Section 1140.4 of the Labor Code and have an exemption from local property taxes pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 214 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
  • The facility must provide a copy of tax-exempt documentation.
  • The facility must use 70 percent of the energy supplied to master-metered facilities for residential purposes, and 100 percent of the energy for individually metered units for residential purposes.
  • Total gross income for all households in the facility at any given time must meet the current income guidelines.
  • Separate applications must be filed for each type of facility (employee housing and housing for agricultural employees), even if they are under one licensed organization.
  • The facility must notify Pacific Gas and Electric Company if it no longer qualifies for the CARE discount.


Download the following application:

Sign and mail it to:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company
CARE Program
P. O. Box 7979
San Francisco, CA 94120-7979

Or fax to: (415) 973-6419

You can also have an application mailed to you by calling the CARE program at
1-866-743-2273 or emailing


Organizations are required to recertify every two years by completing a new application and attaching proof of tax-exempt status and a statement of how the discount was used in the previous year to directly benefit facility residents. Three months before your discount expires, your organization will receive a letter and recertification application from PG&E giving you the opportunity to reapply if your organization still qualifies under the {current program guidelines}.

You can request a recertification application to be mailed to you by calling the CARE program at 1-866-743-2273 or emailing