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Published on March 23rd, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Chime in for Solar (& PACE Financing) Today.

March 23rd, 2012 by  


Vote Solar wrote up a good post yesterday urging us all, one more time, to put our fingers to work and go ‘speak up’ for solar power — and PACE financing, in particular. I’m just going to repost that piece from Vote Solar, since it’s succinct and packed full of interesting and useful links. First though, I’ll just note (or emphasize) that California Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown sent in a good one yesterday. Check that out.

Here’s Vote Solar’s full post, Make the case for PACE:

Remember PACE, the popular and promising energy financing model that was launching nationally–until Fannie & Freddie and the Federal Housing and Finance Authority derailed it?

Well, here’s your chance to get it back on track.

A federal judge required that the FHFA conduct rulemaking on their actions, and this is our chance to make the case for PACE on its merits.

Can you take a sec to send a letter to FHFA, now?

We’ve got an easy action page, here.

Alternatively, download a template word doc, here, and send it in yourself.  PACENow also has comprehensive details, here.

You are encouraged to make your letter as personal and individualized as possible–just get it done by Monday, March 26.

You’ll be in good company.  Here’s the list of comments to date.

The Simon Property Group–the largest real estate company in America —weighs in (pdf).  They represent a couple hundred million square feet of property, ready to upgraded.

From California: Governor Brown’s letter (pdf) –short and not so sweet; Attorney General Kamala Harris with the legal case (pdf).

Texas, in on the act (pdf), from the State Representative that authored the successful state bill.

And then there’s the National Association of Cities, National League of Counties, and The United States Conference of Mayors (pdf).  Wow.  That’s a lot of local leadership, ready develop clean energy jobs and help homeowners lower electric bills, if only FHFA would get out of the way.

You get the idea. There’s a reason why the idea has deep bi-partisan support, and the National Journal called it one of the best ideas for jumpstarting the economy without impacting the defecit. Can you join the wave, show that this is a concern for Americans of every stripe?

h/t SEIA on Facebook 
 

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.



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