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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analysis offers evidence that creative financing mechanism prompted thousands of California homeowners to go solar through property assessed clean energy
SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A federally funded study published offers evidence that the creative home-improvement financing option known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) works. It has been “uniquely successful” as a driver of residential solar-power systems in California.
First off, the analysis by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) covered the years 2010-2015. That’s when residential PACE programs such as Renovate America’s HERO financing were expanding rapidly across California. Therefore, While earlier studies demonstrated that early, regional PACE programs increased deploying residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Therefore, this new analysis is the first to prove these impacts from HERO and other large, statewide residential PACE (R-PACE) programs.
PACE programs like HERO allow homeowners to make energy and efficiency improvements to their homes. Then they pay for them over time at a competitive, fixed interest rate. That’s through an extra, voluntary assessment on their property taxes.
“PACE designed to encourage adopting more clean-energy technologies, and it’s encouraging to see evidence that these programs are really moving the needle when it comes to driving deployment of distributed solar PV and empowering homeowners to go solar,” said Renovate America CEO Roy Guthrie.
Therefore, the LBNL analysis, which funded by U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – Building Technologies Office.
It noted that California’s residential PACE programs are worth studying. That’s because they have been “uniquely successful”. Best part, among energy-efficiency and solar PV financing programs. California is the nation’s largest market for PACE financing.
The researchers noted that California identified PACE. It’s identified that will help it meet the energy-efficiency targets laid out in Senate Bill 350. That’s the 2015 law calling for the state to double energy-efficiency savings by 2050. They added that several states are considering an increasing focus on financing programs like PACE. That’s opposed to utility rebates to drive deployment of energy efficiency.
In conclusion, the full LBNL study is available at: http://eta-publications.lbl.gov/sites/default/files/berkeley_lab_r-pace_pv_deployment_-_final_03202018.pdf
Finally, Renovate America is the source of this story.
Renovate America offers a tech-enabled financing platform for home improvements that empowers communities to modernize and make their housing stock more efficient, while giving small businesses the tools they need to grow.
In addition to financing home improvements through an unsecured lending product, Benji, Renovate America offers communities HERO financing. HERO is the leading residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in the U.S. and the owners of over 115,000 homes to make energy and efficiency improvements.
It estimate that HERO is on track to save billions of dollars in energy and water bills. It’s created over 25,000 local trade jobs. These jobs cannot be off shored or automated. Renovate America has built the world’s largest green bond platform. With a volume of originations that enables securitization of HERO PACE bonds multiple times a year. It’s so so attracting international investment. That helps to meet U.S. clean-energy goals.
SOURCE Renovate America
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