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Spread the cost of home and property improvements over time

Berkeley, California (Friday, December 15, 2017) - If you've been looking to increase your property's energy or water efficiency, solar power or seismic safety, your property tax bill can help you.

Through a City authorized financing program, Berkeley property owners can borrow money to make improvements and spread that cost over time - at a fixed rate and with little or no upfront cost.

The program, known as PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), secures loans by the property rather than the owner's credit standing and allows the payments to be made on your property tax bill. If you sell your home or property, the payments may be transferred to the future owner.

See our PACE page and learn about how it may help you improve your home or commercial property.

Improving your home's seismic safety or efficiency also increases the sustainability and resiliency of our community as a whole. The changes can also save money on your utility bills, while making your home more comfortable.

Some examples of PACE projects include high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, insulation, double pane windows, low-flow toilets, drought tolerant landscaping, and rooftop solar. Some PACE providers also finance seismic upgrades.

Multifamily and commercial buildings owners may also use PACE for seismic retrofits - which are of particular importance to buildings with a soft, weak or open front condition that has not been seismically upgraded. .

PACE financing, which uses fixed-rate term lengths of 5 to 25 years, can be combined with rebate programs such as Energy Upgrade California.

While PACE has spread to communities throughout the state and country, the first PACE program was actually piloted by the City of Berkeley in 2008 to promote rooftop solar. After almost 10 years, over $2.5 million of PACE projects have been funded and now seven PACE providers are authorized to serve Berkeley. Additional authorized providers can be found through CSCDA Open PACE.

There are companies who may try to mislead you into believing they are sponsored by the City. Visit our Office of Energy and Sustainable Development online to see a list of authorized PACE providers and publicly funded energy efficiency incentive programs and services.

Interested Berkeley property owners should refer to each company's website for eligibility guidelines, types of upgrades financed, participating contractors, and loan terms. As with any financial decision, prospective borrowers should carefully review all existing mortgage terms and new loan criteria before making loan decisions.  Visit the City of Berkeley's PACE webpage for more information and resources.

Improving energy and water efficiency, installing renewable energy systems such as rooftop solar, and updating buildings for seismic safety are key strategies of the City's Climate Action Plan and Berkeley's Resilience Strategy.


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