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Sonoma County - Energy Independence Program (PACE)

dCHPP Glossary (PDF) (2 pp, 53K)

Date Last Updated5/15/2013
Incentive TypeCommercial PACE; Loan
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeSonoma County Energy Independence Program
Incentive Initiation Date6/1/2008
Incentive Size and Funding SourceSonoma County's Energy Independence Program gives property owners the option of financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bills. CHP is stated as eligible. The property tax assessments are attached to the property, not the property owner. If the property is sold, the assessment stays with the property. Minimum financing amount is $2,500. Financing is repaid through a special assessment on property tax bills. Financing between $2,500 and $5,000 will be set for repayment in 10 years. Projects over $5,000 may be repaid over 10 or 20 years, at the property owner's discretion. Projects of $60,000 up to $500,000 will require approval by the Program Administrator. Projects valued at $500,000 and above will require specific approval by the Board of Supervisors.
Eligible RecipientProperty owners in Sonoma County interested in building CHP systems that will be permanently attached to existing buildings.
Eligible FuelDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
Other Selected Eligibility CriteriaNew construction does not qualify. Improvements must achieve 10% energy efficiency on the property prior to (or along with) the financing of renewable generation upgrade projects.
Application Form(s)Reference Forms
Application (PDF) Other Incentive Details
An exact interest rate will be determined at the time the contract is signed. Once the contract is signed, the interest rate will be fixed for the life of the assessment, although the county may reduce the rate if it is able to do so after negotiating long term financing for the program. The Energy Independence Program can be combined with utility and state rebates, but financing will only be available for the post-incentive cost. Tax credits, on the other hand, will not affect the amount of financing available.
Resource Website(s) http://www.sonomacountyenergy.org/ exit EPA

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