More Than 90% Of Residential PACE Installs Are Made Through HERO

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The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is spreading across the United States. Maine offers single PACE loans for up to $15,000, and New Hampshire is preparing to lift its cap to $1 million. There is a PACE program in Ann Arbor and another being formed to service the rest of Michigan. PACE programs are starting up in Arkansas , Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Eighty percent of the US is said to be adopting, however the program is still primarily Californian and, according to company spokesperson Severn Williams, more than 90% of residential PACE installs are made through HERO.

Synthetic Turf – Courtesy HERO PACE
Synthetic Turf – Courtesy HERO PACE

The company’s program has been adopted in more than 150 Californian jurisdictions.

HERO is currently in discussions with communities in the Bay area and Northern California. San Jose’s PACE program was launched on May 27, and now Monterey’s has been approved, as have Menlo Park and Citrus Heights.

San Diego county is widely adopting residential PACE. Carlsbad, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, San Diego, San Diego County Unincorporated Area, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Vista have all approved HERO PACE. There are only six cities that have yet to pass resolutions, and 87.6% of San Diego residents will now have access to residential PACE.

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also recently approved HERO PACE assessments for residents in local cities that want to embrace the program.

Weather based irrigation systems – HERO PACE
Weather-based irrigation systems – HERO PACE

“Within the last month, HERO has launched in 42 cities within Los Angeles County alone and in dozens of other smaller cities throughout the state,” Williams said. “Eligibility for HERO is based primarily on available equity in a home, not on the homeowner’s FICO credit score, which means that, for some homeowners, HERO may be their only avenue for accessing affordable financing for energy- and water-saving improvements.”

Many people think of solar panels, HVAC systems, or more efficient windows when they hear the word PACE, but California’s drought has also increased the demand for water conservation products.

Gray water systems – Courtesy HERO PACE
Gray water systems – Courtesy HERO PACE

“HERO is offering homeowners over 10,000 options that will allow them to conserve water with limited changes to their behavior,” Williams said.

These include:

  • Weather-based irrigation systems, which use as little as half the amount of water required by conventional systems
  • Rotating sprinkler heads, which save 20% of the water that would be used by conventional .
  • Synthetic turf, which studies have shown can save up to 55 gallons of water per square foot a year.
  • Rainwater catchment systems that can collect 600 gallons from an inch of rainfall on a 1,000 square foot house.
  • Gray water systems, which reuse more than half the water in a typical home
  • High efficiency toilets, which can save a family of four up to 16,000 gallons of water a year
  • More efficient hot water systems, which can save up to 20% of the water used by conventional systems.

“Hero is the leading residential PACE program in the United States,” Williams said. “we look forward to our continued growth over the coming weeks and months.”

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