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PACE Program San Diego County: 2 Years Later

Home Efficiency
August 05, 2016

"Two years in, PACE is on a roll!" said San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob at the recent press event held at City Hall celebrating two years of PACE, including Renovate America's HERO Program, in San Diego County. "The Property Assessed Clean Energy program, in just two years, has funded over 300 million dollars in home improvements across the county."

County Supervisor Dave Roberts, who has used HERO himself, added, "And through the county, PACE is slashing the cost of utility bills and improving our environment." After his speech, he noted, "We were here a little over a year ago when we launched this program, and you just look at how successful it’s been. Homeowners, business owners love the program."

The event brought together elected officials, contractors, homeowners, and PACE leaders including our own CEO of Renovate America, JP McNeill.

Elected officials, HERO contractors and homeowners, and Renovate America employees were on hand for the event.

Amongst the homeowners in attendance were Lamar Brown and AnnMarie Provancha of the La Mesa area, who used HERO to retrofit their 1950s fixer-upper with solar, artificial turf, windows, doors, HVAC, and an instant hot water heater. Said Lamar, "We’ve saved over $7,000 a year just on electricity, so it’s been nothing but a win for us."

Matt Mauzy, whose company Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar did the work for Lamar and AnnMarie, was on hand to celebrate as well. "My partnership with HERO began a little over two years ago," he said. "We’ve been able to hire over 60 people over the last two years due to the program and put them to work each and everyday."

Tara Kelly, Director of Community Development with Sullivan Solar Power, said Sullivan is equally excited to be a HERO Registered Contractor. "It’s helped so many homeowners save money, it’s helped local companies hire more people, and it’s just been a great benefit to the environment as well as our local economy."

Sullivan Solar Power’s Tara Kelly (middle) poses with a team member (left) and San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts (right).

Tara said, "I have met with many of our clients who wouldn’t have been able to go solar had it not been for the HERO Program, and they were very thankful, as were we, that they had that opportunity."

Brandon Johnson, President & CEO of Tough Turtle Turf and San Diego’s Best Window Company, was also on hand. He enthused, "Our partnership’s been great. We’ve been able to grow our company the last two consecutive years almost at a 50% rate! It’s pretty amazing that elected officials see the program the way that we do, and the value that we do."

He concluded, "It’s nice to be able to help more homeowners, and make saving energy affordable. It’s a beautiful thing."

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