Gov. Nixon Signed PACE, what’s next?

We now have Property Assessed Clean Energy in Missouri. What does that mean? That’s exactly what I’ll be reporting on Thursday and Friday from the Advancing Renewables and PACE conferences.

Stakeholders will discuss how to move forward in the commercial and industrial sectors, and discuss residential programs, many of which across the nation were put on hold because of a letter from the Federal Housing Finance Agency penned because of lending giants Freddie May and Freddie Mac’s concerns that PACE payments would take precedence over mortgage repayments if borrowers defaulted.

Through PACE property owners can finance renewable energy and efficiency improvements through an additional tax assessment on their property. To qualify, the yearly energy savings for a property must be more than the tax assessment.

For example, say I wanted to add insulation in my basement and attic and a PV system on my roof. The total cost of the project is $11,000, including $1,000 for administrative costs and interest.  The PACE bond covers the upfront cost, while I pay a yearly assessment for 20 years.

My net energy savings for the year–which would be evaluated by an energy auditor–must be more than the cost of the property assessment, so I need to save $551 per year to qualify because my yearly tax assessment would be $550.

Jason Hughes of Renew Missouri said a national legislative fix for the residential program could come as soon as the next three weeks.

PACE recipients in California and New York aren’t waiting. Lawsuits are being filed that will pressure lending giants Fannie May and Freddie Mac and the FHFA to devising a solution.

Stay tuned for updates…


One response to this post.

  1. The path to alternative energy solutions will not be without challenges.
    The PACE legislation is a financial vehicle for consumers to access developing
    technologies and specific application benefits (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.).
    Even for the most evangelistic supporters of clean energy, alternative energy
    investments are not installed with walking around money. They are relatively expensive.

    But more importantly programs such as Property Assessed Clean Energy will
    actually deliver the markets and sufficient opportunities for technologies
    to develop. Kind of like the chicken and the egg conversation…which comes first,
    inventive solutions or markets for same? When the markets develop there will be
    a viable momentum for alternative energy technologies that realistically doesn’t exist
    in Missouri today.


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