Pinole's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)


Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs

On November 3, 2015 and again on October 3, 2017, the City of Pinole approved three PACE Program providers. A PACE program is a simple and effective way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, seismic strengthening, vehicle charging infrastructure, and water conservation upgrades to residential or commercial buildings. The cities participation in the three PACE programs, include the HERO, California FIRST, and Ygrene programs. The City of Pinole does not loan money for energy upgrades. Instead, PACE financing is provided through the PACE providers themselves. Eligible applicants are able to fully finance energy upgrades and make annual payments on their property taxes.

The 2015 and 2017 reports presented to the Council, approving the PACE Program, provide a history of the Programs, the allowed improvements, and an overview of the financing process. Click on the following dates to view the Council reports - November 3, 2015 & October 3, 2017.

Pinole homeowners and businesses should carefully weigh their options and seek the best financing available when making energy upgrades. PACE is just one way to finance energy improvements, and has the advantage of making loan payments on the property tax bill.

  • no upfront costs
  • Long-term, fixed-cost 100% financing
  • loans secured by the property rather than owner's credit standing;
  • Assessment may be passed on to the next property owner in the event of sale
  • can be combined with rebates;

  • Questions about PACE programs should be directed to the PACE providers at the contact information shown below.

    Ygrene Works
    866.634.1358 or To view a list of possible improvements and to apply please click 

    HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) Program

    877.747.4889 or visit Renovate America's website here.

    CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency Financing
    844.736.3934 or Apply online here.

    Risk Acknowledgement for PACE: Before completing a program application, you should carefully review any mortgage agreements. Entering into a contract without the consent of the existing lender(s) could constitute an event of default. Further, property owners who sell or refinance their property may be required to prepay such assessments at the time they close their sale or refinancing. For more information Residential PACE, see the Council Report on the Status on Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans.

    Technical Assistance: PACE is one option for solar and energy efficiency financing. Always get multiple bids and check all available financing and costs to find the best option for your project. For free, unbiased technical assistance on solar and energy efficiency upgrade projects, rebates, and financing, contact the SmartSolar Program.