Originally published on the ECOreport
Eric Garcetti has long been an advocate of clean energy. During his many years as a city counselor, he wrote Los Angeles’ green building ordinance. As mayor, Garrett promised to create 20,000 clean energy and clean water sector jobs during his first term (2013-2017). In April 2015, he launched the city’s new sustainability plan (the “pLAn) to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2025, and become the first major US city to achieve zero-waste. Thus it is not surprising to find that LA is HERO PACE’s fastest growing market.
HERO PACE’s fastest growing market is LA
In the 21 months since the city adopted the HERO PACE program, a total of $242 million dollars has been processed for 10,200 projects. These renovations are projected to save homeowners more than 1.2 billion kWh of energy, eliminating 300,000 tons of emissions, and resulting in the creation of 2,052 jobs.
Los Angeles County is HERO’s fastest growing area, and is second only to Riverside County, where the company launched in 2011, in the number of projects funded.
In a Los Angeles Home
Garcetti and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) General Manager Marcie Edwards recently held a press conference in a Los Angeles home.
Cheryl and Gladstone Williams installed solar panels to reduce their energy bills. They also enhanced their energy savings with new ducts and insulation in their attic. The Williams did not pay anything up front for these renovations, as they were financed through the HERO Program, and the Williams will pay the money back through their property taxes.
“LADWP offers many programs and rebate incentives to help our customers manage their utility use and costs,” said Marcie Edwards, LADWP General Manager. “To help meet our energy efficiency and local solar goals as a city — and to help our customers save money — we encourage them to learn more about these programs and take advantage of them. From free energy saving refrigerators, to commercial lighting retrofit, pool pump rebates, and incentives for solar installations, we offer efficiency solutions for all types of customers.”
Available To 85% of California’s Households
The HERO program is now available to 85% of California’s households. It has been approved in 375 municipalities (including cities and counties) and is found within 38 California counties.
17% of HERO’s financing activity, and 19% of the company’s statewide financing, is in Los Angeles.
“Angelenos want to make our City more sustainable. That’s why I set ambitious goals in my Sustainable City pLAn to expand clean energy use, conserve more water and create new green jobs through residential rebates and programs like PACE. Every day, this program is helping more people save money on their power and water bills with smart upgrades that add to their property values and build a greener Los Angeles,” said Mayor Garcetti .
Photo Credit: Mayor Eric Garcetti at the home of Cheryl and Gladstone Williams – Courtesy Christina O’Brien Photography; Stats For HERO PACE’s top five locations – Courtesy Renovate America; Mayor Eric Garcetti with Cheryl and Gladstone Williams – Courtesy Christina O’Brien Photography
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