Sacramento Energy Center

Sacramento Energy Crew 1 preparing equipment.

Sacramento Energy Crew 1 prepares equipment for a night’s work at a local elementary school.

The Sacramento Energy Center is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state. As many as 45 Corpsmembers enroll at the center and can serve on three Energy Corps crews committed to green technology projects, or on a natural resource crew.

Corpsmembers in the Energy Corps learn basic electrical skills that lead to meaningful careers in the energy and green technology fields. On the natural resource crew, Corpsmembers will complete projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including fuel reduction and trail maintenance.

Corpsmembers commute to the center in Sacramento’s River District for work each day. Corpsmembers typically work 10-hour shifts Monday through Thursday, which may include evening shifts to complete energy projects during off-hours at government and non-profit buildings.

570 Bercut Drive
Sacramento, CA 95811

CCC Sacramento Energy Hub

Life at the Sacramento Energy Center

two vehicles outside a building with people walking around

Sacramento Energy Corpsmembers ready their vehicles and equipment before departing for a work project.

Corpsmembers regularly participate in an active volunteer program. Corpsmembers are required to perform a minimum of 48 hours of volunteer service in their first year with the California Conservation Corps to earn the CCC Brad Duncan Scholarship. Corpsmembers often help at local festivals, clean-ups, area schools, and more to give back to the community.

The Corpsmember Advisory Board (CAB) is considered the governing body of the Corpsmember community. Corpsmembers have the opportunity to fundraise to pay for recreation activities, center improvement projects and more. The board works closely with staff to initiate positive change and improve the community. Participating in CAB is a required component of promoting to a second year, but is also a great way to boost a resume and gain great communication and public speaking experience.


Corpsmember strips wires as part of a lighting retrofit project.

Sacramento Energy Corpsmember Akayla Jones strips wires as part of a lighting retrofit project at a Sacramento City Unified school.

Corpsmembers on Energy Corps crews are trained in a variety of basic electrical skills. Energy projects completed by the center include energy audits, where Corpsmembers survey government and non-profit building to determine energy use and improvements. Once these surveys are completed, crews may return to the buildings to complete lighting and energy retrofits, which includes replacing lighting systems.

Corpsmembers may also be trained in solar and EV charging station installation, among other electrical skills. Project work on energy projects takes place at varying times to accommodate our partners. This may include swing shifts, from 1:30 p.m. to Midnight, or other evening hours to complete the work.

The center’s natural resource crew completes projects in and around the Sacramento area. Project work include trails maintenance, fuel reduction to reduce fire danger, tree planting, and other projects focused on greenhouse gas reduction.

All Corpsmembers are required to respond to emergencies. These can occur at any time of the year and can include floods, fires, pest infestations, and oil spills. Corpsmembers may only have a few hours to pack up and report for duty, traveling to various regions of the state for up to 21 days at a time working 16-hour shifts.

Education and Training

corpsmembers standing in forest with downed trees

Sacramento Corpsmembers work with State Parks to clear hazard trees from near trails.

All Corpsmembers at the Sacramento Energy Center are required to complete Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education, and Training (COMET) and Core training courses. All Energy trainings take place in the state-of-the-art Sacramento Energy Lab.

Specialized trainings and certifications available at the Sacramento Energy Center include:

  • Building Envelope
  • Cal-OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training for Construction
  • Electrical Concepts
  • Energy Audits
  • Energy Efficiency Basics & Data Collection for Energy Surveys
  • Energy Efficiency Fundamentals
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Introduction to Wiring and Lighting Retrofits
  • Ladder Safety
  • LED Technology Hands-on Training
  • Lighting Commissioning
  • Lighting Control Installation
  • Lighting I: Lighting Your Way
  • Lockout-Tagout
  • Maintenance Best Practice for Energy Efficient Facilities
  • Safety Stand Down
  • Scissor (Aerial) Lift
  • ServSafe Food Handler Certification
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour Training

The natural resource crew does a variety of projects, from building trails and fuel reduction to tree planting and more. Corpsmembers serving on this crew may earn certifications and training in the following:

  • Chain Saw Training
  • Trail Construction and Maintenance
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour Training
  • First Aid & CPR
  • ServSafe Food Handler Certification
  • Chipper Operations & Safety
  • Power Tools Safety and Operation