Who Supports PACE
Who Supports PACE?
Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities and Matthew D. Chase Executive Director, National Association of Counties
“By utilizing PACE, local governments are able to remove many barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits, such as high upfront costs associated with buying and installing systems. As a result, property owners reduce water and energy costs, which benefits local communities, and the upgrades ultimately save them money on their energy bills."
Jeri Muoio Ph.D. (D) Mayor of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Rex Parris (R) Mayor of Lancaster, Calif.
“PACE effectively expands access to credit to help property owners improve or repair their properties with efficient products, while creating and sustaining local jobs at no cost to public budgets. Solution-oriented mayors like us appreciate the innovation and value of PACE.”
Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics
“It’s rare to find public policy that is a win-win…The Property Assessed Clean Energy program or PACE, has the potential to be that rare policy gem in which everyone wins…”
Tomás Regalado, Mayor of the City of Miami (R)
“With all the promises of PACE over the past few years, it’s exciting to see the first projects come to life. The PACE program has the potential to address three critical needs in our state: hurricane protection, job creation and rising energy costs. The doors are finally opening on this huge opportunity, and I commend Ygrene and the cities involved in this endeavor for their commitment and vision to enact meaningful change in our communities."
Bill Lockyer, Former State Treasurer of California (D)
“PACE financing gives homeowners a practical and affordable way to save energy, reduce global warming and improve our air quality while adding to the value of their property. The loss reserve program should allow PACE financing to flourish."
Vince Lago, Commissioner of City of Coral Gables, FL (R)
“The reasons I did it [installed a $30,000 solar electric system using PACE financing] are simple: it’s not only the monetary and financial gains, but more importantly it’s the environmental benefit. I went from paying between $200 and $300 a month in electricity to paying $9.39 to FPL, which is the barebones minimum you can pay and is your standard hookup fee.” “We need to be more sustainable and realize we are partners with the environment.”
Ed Golding, former FHA Commissioner
“As PACE programs continue to develop across the nation, the positive impact on families, jobs, and the environment will only grow.”
Tom Scott, State Executive Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) California
“Simply put, PACE works. Without it, small business owners would continue to see unending spikes in their energy bills, leaving a devastating impact on their bottom line. We know when small businesses thrive, California thrives. PACE is an important part of the puzzle in contributing to California’s economic well-being while meeting the state’s climate change goals.”
Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, and Ashok Gupta, Senior Energy Economist, at National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
“NRDC has long been a supporter of state and local PACE programs as an innovative way to overcome obstacles to home energy retrofits. NRDC has worked with the federal government, and state and local governments to develop regulatory frameworks that will support PACE programs.”
Hilary O. Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy of the NAACP
“PACE financing “provide[s] an important opportunity for families to improve their homes and save money, and we need to ensure they fully reach communities of color.”
Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
“This is a win-win for low-income homeowners and workers alike.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former Governor of California (R)
“Thousands of property owners throughout the state have taken advantage of the [PACE Program] opportunity to finance their energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements through a voluntary contractual assessment on their property…In California, multiple cities and counties have directed both their own dwindling general funds and their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding to establishing PACE programs in an attempt to create jobs, save energy and meet their greenhouse has emission reduction goals.”
Iain Campbell, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
“The unique characteristics of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) make it an important market enabler for home performance solutions that deliver a myriad of homeowner and broader societal and economic benefits.”
Chuck McGinnis, Director, Commercial Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency
“PACE is gaining momentum throughout the United States, connecting private capital with building owners to make improvements that result in substantial economic and environmental rewards. Energy efficiency creates better buildings for owners, saves them money, delivers comfortable work environments for tenants, and new jobs to cities.”