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Local Government Commission


Summer 2012


Sonoma County Energy Independence Program Develops Pace Replication Manual

Sonoma County, as part of the statewide Energy Upgrade California effort funded through a California Energy Commission American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) grant, has developed a guide to help other cities and counties with the development, implementation, ongoing management and sustainability of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.

This manual is designed for local government officials, decision-makers, staff, and public advocacy groups interested in establishing a PACE program in their region, including policymakers interested in understanding what PACE is, its advantages and disadvantages, and the future of PACE.

The manual provides in-depth information about how existing PACE programs are operating, including a discussion of financing mechanisms, planning parameters, process implementation and other key aspects of PACE. It also provides an accompanying “Document Library” intended to give local governments a jump start in establishing a PACE program by providing sample documents to establish a PACE program, to set PACE program policies, to contract for related services and to establish ongoing PACE program operations. Each of the program planning and operational chapters contains “Lessons Learned” pertinent to that chapter’s discussion. Finally, answers to questions frequently asked of California PACE program managers are provided.

To access the guide and other resources, visit: