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Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing Industry, Saving Water, Guiding Better Policy

January 23, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas and PACE

As the Texas legislative session begins ramping up, I'm reminded of policies from that holistically benefited Texas, had bipartisan support, and brought unlikely allies together. It’s important to remember that no matter the politics, clean energy solutions make sense for Texas – economically and environmentally.[read more]

Are Housing Regulators Quietly Dropping Their Opposition to PACE?

November 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government entity responsible for regulating America's multi-trillion-dollar secondary mortgage market, is reportedly easing its opposition to local programs that allow homeowners to pay for renewable energy and efficiency retrofits through their property taxes.[read more]

PACE Lives! First Solar Breaks Efficiency Record; Jet Fuel from Tobacco

August 11, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News on PACE, Solar, and Jet Fuel

Energy efficiency faces a unique challenge. Residential energy efficiency projects require upfront costs and pay back reliably, but over time. It can be tough to convince homeowners to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to insulate their homes in order to save a few bucks a month in heating and cooling bills.[read more]

Why Residential PACE Is Growing in Spite of Opposition From Federal Housing Lenders

July 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Last fall, California's governor and treasury secretary came up with a plan to solve a longstanding conflict with federal housing authorities over residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs. The plan didn't work. But does it even matter?[read more]

Texas Launches Draft of 'PACE in a Box' Toolkit

April 26, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Texas is not the first state to adopt commercial property-assessed clean energy financing, but it wants to be the biggest. Keeping PACE in Texas, a nonprofit coalition that was formed to develop PACE programs, has just released a draft of its “PACE in a Box” toolkit, which will be finalized before summer.[read more]

After Conflicts With Mortgage Lenders, California Restarts Residential PACE

March 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

After more than three years of conflict between large mortgage lenders and efficiency advocates, California is announcing that homeowners will soon be eligible for property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans through the CaliforniaFIRST program.[read more]

What is PACE Financing?

March 17, 2014 by John Steller

PACE Financing

With all of these solar acronyms flying around, the renewable energy conversation can often times get a little confusing. One of the more common acronyms we continually hear is PACE financing. So what exactly is PACE financing?[read more]

5 PACE Programs to Watch in 2014

January 7, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

PACE Programs to Watch

Commercial property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financed projects climbed to nearly $60 million in 2013. And that figure will likely swell in the coming years. There is more than $215 million in PACE project applications in the pipeline, according to PACENow, a nonprofit that promotes PACE programs.[read more]

Accelerate Smart Grid Benefits with Financial Innovations

February 26, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

The Smart Grid engenders an evolution from centralized generation to distributed energy resources (DER) that has profound impacts on business models and operations. Technology is one of the drivers of this evolution.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: An Uphill Battle on A Slippery Slope

October 7, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

With apologies for the dueling cliches in today's title, that image conveys the conflicting messages I received from a pair of events on the topic of energy efficiency this week. Yesterday I watched a panel discussion on energy efficiency finance, part of the valuable First Wednesday series of seminars from Resources for the Future in D....[read more]

Missouri the 21st State to Adopt Landmark PACE Program

May 25, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

Last Friday, Missouri became the 21st state to open the door to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. The innovative and wildly popular financing scheme, which allows homeowners to pay for solar power systems via municipal loans paid back through property taxes, has been spreading fast through states eager to ride the...[read more]

Berkeley, California

March 18, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

America’s FIRST Solar City There are moments when history is made. When necessity, inspiration, creativity and determination come together to change the world as we know it. When individual and collective willpower embrace. Women suffragettes finally won the right to vote in 1920. Ghandi fought nonviolently for freedom, and won...[read more]