The City Council recently voted to make the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program available to local residents. Mountain View joins San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy in participating.
HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them over time through their property tax bill. Given California's recently adopted regulations aimed at reducing urban water consumption by 25 percent, it could be a timely option for homeowners.
"We're happy to provide an avenue for financing that requires no money down and does not depend on personal credit, bringing efficiency improvements within reach for a broad range of homeowners," said Blair McNeill, vice president of community development for Renovate America, the company that administers the HERO Program.
The company has a wide variety of products to help homeowners save water, including high-efficiency toilets, faucets and showerheads, drip irrigation systems, rainwater catchment systems, gray water systems, and artificial turf and drought-tolerant landscaping.
Some of HERO's most popular energy-saving products include solar power panel installations, whole-home heating and cooling (HVAC) systems, energy-saving windows and doors, and roofing and insulation, according to McNeill.
Residents may begin submitting applications for HERO later this year.