What I’m Hoping for in the New Year

Posted on April 25,2015 by AlexWilson in bicycle

With snow gently falling as the holiday season winds down, I find myself reflecting on the New Year and what we might hope for. World peace of course, and solving the poverty conundrum would be great. But what about energy and the environment? Here are some thoughts:

A PACE Approach to Commercial Retrofits

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in commercial buildings

In many of the jurisdictions that implemented them, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs for financing residential energy-efficiency retrofits were well subscribed.

Labor Day Thoughts on Unemployment and Weatherization

Posted on April 25,2015 by ShelterNerd in employment

I’ve been thinking more than usual this Labor Day weekend about putting Americans to work while solving our energy crises. If our goals are to reduce unemployment, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and improve all the buildings that are bleeding energy into the night sky, we need a better way to sell and finance home energy weatherization contracts. The problem: how we sell weatherization work

A Bipartisan Team Pitches a PACE Revival

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in national

By the end of last year, most municipalities that had been funding Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan programs had stopped doing so. The reason: mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac declared they would no longer guarantee mortgages on properties with PACE liens.

An Overview of Whole-Home Retrofit Incentives

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, has long been recognized as one of the most helpful planning tools for homeowners, remodelers, and builders contemplating residential retrofits.

Fannie, Freddie Hold Firm on PACE Program Impasse

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in Fannie Mae

It’s final – at least to the extent any government agency’s pronouncement is final: homeowners who borrowed money through Property Assessed Clean Energy funding programs to pay for energy efficiency upgrades, including solar power installations, can’t refinance their mortgages without first paying off their PACE loans, according to guidance issued this week by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which underwrite most of the mortgages approved in the U.S.

S.F. Keeps a Green Financing Promise

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in national

At this point, there’s plenty of precedent for the bond-funded retrofit financing program that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom suggested last spring, formally proposed in December, and then signed into law last week.

A (Potentially) Stronger Weatherization Stimulus

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in economic stimulus

The theoretical benefits of weatherizing a home – energy savings, greater comfort, smaller carbon footprint – are significant. But for many homeowners, so are the complexities of weatherization and the concerns about return on investment.

NY Approves Clean-Energy Loan Program for Adoption by Cities Statewide

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in green retrofit

Last month GBA presented an overview of the Recovery Through Retrofit Report, an analysis prepared by the White House that identified three barriers to the formation of a national retrofit market and three ways those barriers could be overcome.

Transforming Stimulus-Funded Weatherization into a National Industry

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in DOE

The operative concept behind the recently released Recovery Through Retrofit Report, which GBA discussed briefly last week, is that stimulus-funded energy efficiency initiatives focused on home weatherization should become self-sustaining.

Austin Energy Audits Show a Bunch of Leaks

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in energy audits

Probably no one thought it would be smooth sailing once Austin’s new energy ordinance took effect, on June 1. And for some home sellers it apparently isn’t.

Santa Cruz County, City Approve Solar Power Finance Plan

Posted on April 25,2015 by Fretboard in PACE

Modeled after existing programs in Northern California, the Santa Cruz plan is designed to grant 20-year loans to homeowners for solar power and solar thermal installations Northern California’s Santa Cruz County and the county seat, the City of Santa Cruz, this month approved a program designed to make solar installations affordable for its homeowners. The plan has two names – the Energy Independence and Economic Stimulus Initiative, and the Santa Cruz Energy Efficiency Program – but one goal: encourage adoption of solar power by as many homeowners as possible.

Sonoma County Will Provide Loans For Energy Retrofit Work

Posted on April 25,2015 by user-756436 in energy efficiency

Both Homeowners and Commercial Property Owners Are Eligible SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The Sonoma County government has launched a program to offer loans to homeowners and commercial property owners for energy-retrofit work and the installation of renewable-energy equipment.

County Encourages Green Building

Posted on April 25,2015 by user-756436 in Green Building News

##Boulder, CO to Issue Energy Efficiency Retrofit Bonds BOULDER, CO — Voters in Boulder County, Colorado, have voted to approve a program to provide homeowners with county-backed loans to finance the installation of photovoltaic systems and residential energy-efficiency improvements (for example, air-sealing work or insulation upgrades).

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