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  • Attend a contractor information session where they learn specifics about the PACE program

  • Sign a program terms and code of ethics agreement

  • Have proven experience and references.

If a contractor does not adhere to the program’s terms and conditions for participation or fails to maintain passing scores on QA inspections, that contractor should be delisted and ineligible to perform work for current and future PACE program applicants.

Aside from providing a list of contractors that meet the general requirements for program participation, PACE programs may wish to avoid “endorsing” specific contractors because doing so could increase the program’s (and, therefore, the local government’s) legal liability if a participant has a problem with those contractors. To maintain good relationships with all contractors and build trust with the public, a commercial PACE program should remain neutral on service providers and, instead, set a reasonably high qualifications bar and work to foster a fair, competitive marketplace.

13. Market and Launch Program

Program marketing and outreach should focus on educating property owners on both the energy-related benefits, such as saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the nonenergy benefits, such as improving occupants’ health and comfort, all of which are the result of energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in commercial buildings. Property owners should be advised on the estimated costs and savings of installing efficiency measures or renewable energy under the commercial PACE program. A local government-sponsored PACE program should be rolled out with as much detail as possible on the costs of financing improvements and the availability of funds through the grantee’s PACE program.

General PACE Resources and Guidelines

DOE Guidelines for Pilot PACE Financing Programs http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/pdfs/arra_guidelines_for_pilot_pace_programs.pdf

White House Policy Framework for PACE Financing Programs These comprehensive best practices guidelines are intended to help implement the White House’s Policy Framework for PACE Financing Programs, available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/PACE_Principles.pdf

University of California, Berkeley (UCB) Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) Guide to Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Financing Districts for Local Governments http://rael.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/berkeleysolar/HowTo.pdf

DOE Webinars on PACE http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/solutioncenter/financialproducts/PACE.html

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) PACE Policy Briefs

  • Accelerating the Payment of PACE Assessments



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