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Pinellas County, FL approves commercial PACE program operated by Ygrene Energy Fund

Craig Pittman, Times Staff Writer

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:54am

Pinellas County business owners, but not homeowners, will soon be able to apply for loans for solar panels and other green technologies that are paid back through property taxes.

Pinellas County commissioners voted down a proposal to include homeowners in the energy-saving program. Including them would hurt the county’s still-recovering real estate market, said Commissioner John Morroni.

Charlie Justice tried in vain to persuade his fellow commissioners to extend the program to homeowners. Read more.