Category Archives: PACE

Two Bills Providing Increased Protection For PACE Customers

By Roy L Hales

Close to 150,000 Californian homeowners have made energy and efficiency improvements through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. For the most part they are success stories, but there are isolated reports of problems with “independent solar, plumbing and roofing contractors who pitch the loans and sign up consumers through online software.” The California state legislature responded with two bills providing increased protection for PACE customers. 
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Republican Senators Apply Alternate Facts To PACE Financing

By Roy L Hales

There have been some pretty strange “goings on” in Washington since the Republicans took over. Confronted with facts they didn’t like, the new administration came up with the concept of “alternate facts” that are more in line with the way they want people to think. This has gone beyond the White House. With the new Protecting Americans from Credit Exploitation (PACE) Act, three Republican senators apply alternate facts to PACE financing.

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Morningstar Approves Of PACE

By Roy L Hales

As the Wallstreet Journal once put it, “Morningstar stands alone” in their field. The Chicago based research firm has provided the leading qualitative and quantitative analysis of more than 540,000 investment stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles. Thus their opinion of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is weighty and their new report makes it obvious that Morningstar approves of PACE.

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Michigan’s 6th Commercial PACE Project

By Roy L Hales

Michigan passed the legislation for a Commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program in 2010. Businesses and commercial properties in participating municipalties can retrofit their buildings with renewable energy and energy efficient systems by borrowing money from a private lender and repay the loan via a special assessment on their local property tax. It has taken longer for municipalities to opt in and consequently, the state’s PACE programs didn’t really get started until 2016. According to Tommy Deavenport, Chief Operating Officer of Petros PACE Finance, Michigan’s 6th commercial PACE project has now been funded.

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The United States’ New PACE Guidelines

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1The United States largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) providers do not anticipate any complications. Both Renovate America and Ygrene believe they are already inline with most of what the government is suggesting. After months of review, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the United States’ PACE Guidelines.

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HERO Expanding Into Florida & Missouri

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmLast July, Leon County (home to Tallahassee) became the first Florida municipality to adopt the HERO PACE Program. Several other Florida counties and cities followed suit. The latest was Orlando, whose city council approved the program yesterday. These are a few of the milestones, with HERO PACE expanding into Florida & Missouri.

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No surprises in HUD’s PACE Guidance

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Seven years ago, the White House released policy guidelines that would allow homeowners to finance home energy improvements through their property taxes. The Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a local government/corporate partnership, in which private companies supply 100% of the initial funding and are paid back over time. If this remarkably simple program were not classified as tax, it would have been adopted offered through-out America years ago. Taxes take priority over mortgages, should the homeowner default. So Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac urged local governments to put their PACE programs on hold. Yesterday, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the obvious solution. Aside from the length of time it took the government to adopt a painfully obvious solution, there are no surprises in HUD’s PACE guidance.

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PACE Programs Heat Up San Diego’s Economy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After two years of operation, any concerns that the public held appear to be a thing of the past. County Supervisors Dianne Jacob (at podium) and Dave Roberts (grey suit) recently held a press conference to describe how PACE programs heat up San Diego’s economy.

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Ygrene’s $250 Million PACE Virtual Facility

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Two months ago, CEO Stacey Lawson announced her company’s plan to expand into six U.S. states. This was followed up by the news, a few days ago, of Ygrene’s $250 million virtual PACE facility for expansion.

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HERO PACE Is Available In 85% Of California

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSacramento was one of the 16 cities and five counties that adopted the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program. HERO PACE is available in 85% of California.

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