CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB

SUPERVISOR DAVE ROBERTS

SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Contacts: Steve Schmidt, 619-206-9108; John Weil, 619-531-5533

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NEWS RELEASE

7/9/2014

 

LOAN PROGRAM LAUNCHED FOR HOMEOWNERS LOOKING TO GO GREEN 

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San Diego county and city officials today (7/9) encouraged homeowners to plug into PACE, a new loan program that aims to reduce energy and water usage -- and help consumers save money.

The program eliminates the upfront costs for many energy- and water-efficiency improvements while reducing the operational expenses of owning a home. It is now available to many homeowners with the help of HERO, a program offered by San Diego-based Renovate America.

PACE loans approved through HERO and other lending programs are repaid through property tax assessments, providing an additional option for homeowners looking to finance energy-related upgrades.

“This program makes it easier for many consumers to save money and go green, opening the door to more rooftop solar panels, more energy-efficient windows and other improvements,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob, chairwoman of the county Board of Supervisors.

PACE loans are available starting this week in the cities of San Diego, El Cajon and Escondido, along with the region’s unincorporated areas. Carlsbad, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Vista launched similar initiatives earlier this year and have already funded nearly $5 million in energy-saving projects.

“The PACE program is a win-win for the consumers and our environment.  Homeowners will have a wide range of energy-saving products available to them, including solar panels, and be able to pay for them on their property tax bill,” Supervisor Dave Roberts said. “Our environment benefits by our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas and energy consumption. Not only that, we are helping to jumpstart an important industry to create jobs in San Diego County.”

PACE, or “property assessed clean energy” financing, has been available to commercial property owners for years, but the Board of Supervisors voted in April to expand it to homeowners. The San Diego City Council took a similar step that same month.

“PACE programs make sense fiscally and environmentally,” said San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria.  “These programs will result in more homes being retrofitted for energy and water efficiency upgrades, and San Diegans now have a new option to finance renovations to their homes.”

A wide range of products are available through HERO, including heating and cooling systems, solar panels, energy-saving windows and insulation. Homeowners repay the assessment over 5, 10, 15 or 20 years through their property tax bill.

Joining Supervisor Jacob, Supervisor Roberts and Council President Gloria at a press conference today announcing the PACE rollout were Tara Kelly, deputy director of community development at Sullivan Solar, and J.P. McNeill, CEO of Renovate America.

To apply for HERO go to heroprogram.com or call 1-855-437-6411.

 

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