Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program

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In 2018, the Board of 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app Commissioners adopted the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program that provides an alternative option for funding of projects that increase energy effectiveness. Property owners can finance up to 100 percent of a qualified project and pay back the funds over time through their annual property tax bill.

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In December 2018, 18 projects for a total of $1.1 million have qualified for the program in the Florida Keys, according to Ygrene Works, one of four providers of the PACE program in the 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app. Ygrene Works has approved 11 projects on unincorporated 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app, three projects in the City of Marathon, and one project each in Islamorada and Key Colony Beach.

What is PACE?

PACE is a tool that residential and commercial property owners can use for financing energy efficiency, renewables, and wind resistance improvements. It is a voluntary program that enables long-term savings, furthers regional energy and resiliency goals, and supports local economic development.

Qualified improvements

  • Energy Conservation and Efficiency for lighting, heating, AC, tankless water heaters and duct replacement, and attic insulation
  • Wind Resistance, like high impact windows, strapping, window and door sealing, water barriers, and roof replacements 
  • Renewable Energy, like solar panels, inverters, and pool heating

Benefits

  • Lower utility bills and energy savings
  • Lower insurance with wind resistance projects
  • No upfront, out-of-pocket money to do improvements
  • Payback times commensurate with return on investments, like for solar projects
  • Vetted contractors by the program
  • Interest rates are comparable with other financing tools

Repayment

Financing is repaid as an assessment on the property’s regular tax bill.

How to apply

The four 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app-approved PACE providers can answer questions about qualifying projects, financing terms, and a list of approved contractors. 

Each provider will be slightly different with its own program guidelines; however, the basic steps are:An image of the program guidelines

皇冠体育官方app体育官方app-Approved PACE Providers

皇冠体育官方app体育官方app approved PACE providers operate in unincorporated 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app in cities and towns that do not already have a program, and in cities and towns that have a program but have also taken appropriate legislative action to participate in the 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app PACE program. It is recommended that you reach out to individual PACE providers for specific information on qualifying improvements, financing terms, and their list of contractors. The PACE providers approved under the 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app PACE program are Grene Works, Renovate America, Counerpointe, and Renew Financial.