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New Residential PACE Launch Is a Success in Southern California

The Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing Program, sponsored by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), was launched in Riverside County (CA) in September 2011 for commercial projects and three months later in December for homes.  HERO is shaping up as a success on

President Clinton on Efficiency, Solar, Wind, and Political Realities

Former President Bill Clinton capped the fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, sponsored by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), with Clintonian observations on the state of greentech. Renewable energy is vital, President Clinton said. But “it always begins with efficiency,” because that is

Sustainable Melbourne — Australian PACE

Environmental Upgrade Finance Environmental upgrade financing is the finance mechanism available under the 1200 Buildings program for environmental upgrades to buildings in the City of Melbourne. Environmental upgrades include the installation of energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy systems, and water conservation improvements. Watch this short

$4 Billion (and Counting) in Green Buildings Venture Capital

As the green buildings movement matures, the next wave of venture capital will center on startups that make net-zero operations possible. Net-zero buildings produce as much energy as they consume, requiring investments in both energy efficiency measures and in renewable energy generation. Much of the

Starbucks leads the way in Energy Efficiency!

Starbucks is encouraging a competition among its branches in Washington State to reduce energy consumption. The coffee chain giant will learn what triggers consumers to save energy. Portland Energy Conservation Inc. is assisting with the project design. Starbucks strikes again! Not only has the company

PACE in global perspective

José María Figueres, former president Costa Rica and current president of Carbon War Room (Richard Branson’s brainchild non-profit) spoke to U-T San Diego about the benefits of PACE. Read full article.

A New Report: The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market

As interest in green buildings and buildings certification is increasing, empirical evidence shows that green labels affect the financial performance of commercial buildings. Residential buildings also benefit from greener improvements through greater comfort levels and lower operational costs. A study conducted in Europe indicates that

First PACE project completed in Ohio

Bricker Sets The PACE: Ohio Achieves First PACE Bond Issuance with Bricker & Eckler as Bond Counsel. On May 24, the Port Authority completed the $5.325 million bond transaction by issuing bonds through the Northwest Ohio Bond Fund. The transaction was a cooperative effort of the