Subject to establishment of a local PACE Program, municipalities can establish PACE funding programs to finance conservation and clean energy improvements for private property owners. If the PACE program is authorized, the renovated building will include numerous energy efficiency features.
PACE programs enable property owners to avoid high upfront costs related to installing clean energy technology, such as solar panels, or energy-saving retrofits. A local government will generally implement a state-authorized pace program by designating an improvement district and issuing a bond secured by the real property within the district to raise capital. Property owners within the designated improvement district can choose to opt-in to a pace financing program, but they are not required to do so. The PACE financing program enables access to low interest, long-term loans. Property owners may also see reduced energy bills. PACE programs allow property owners to pay for these improvements over time through assessments on their property tax bills. Once a property owner opts into a PACE financing program, the property remains subject to the PACE arrangement even if it is sold.