San Francisco Massively Funds Green Home Improvement

So you’re a home or business owner who wants to do right by the environment. But rainwater harvesting tanks, solar panels, wind turbines and even better insulation costs money–and in today’s cash-strapped economy, where there’s a will there’s not always a way. Well now there’s good news, at least if you’re a resident of the Bay Area: the City of San Francisco, in partnership with Renewable Funding of Oakland, has recently launched the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, aimed at providing financing for home and business-owners to go green.

The GreenFinance SF program, which went into effect earlier this month, in funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and allows San Francisco private property owners to finance water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements through a voluntary property assessment, which will be paid in full within 20 years. In this model–already in place in Minnesota, and expected to launch in Louisiana, New Mexico, Maryland, and hundreds of additional cities and counties throughout California by the end of the year–repayment obligation of the “green loan” is attached to the property, rather than the individual, and is paid back through property taxes over the life of the financing.


image via GreenFinanceSF

“GreenFinanceSF is not only the nation’s largest PACE program, but also can be a model for how to encourage home energy retrofits,” said Cisco DeVries, president of Renewable Funding, in a statement. “GreenFinanceSF protects homeowners and lenders while creating green jobs, reducing utility bills, and dramatically increasing the efficiency of energy use.” Interested in what kind of projects are eligible? Check out the GreenFinanceSF website.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply April 15, 2010

    David B

    It’s great to see the city of San Francisco getting behind clean energy! PACE programs are a great way to make solar more accessible (affordable) for many people. However they “sell out” FAST. Therefore, if a PACE program is going live in your city or county soon, I’d suggest finding a local installer and get your installation planned out with them so you can apply to the PACE program the day it comes out.

    Here’s an interesting post about some of the pros and cons of PACE programs for solar energy.


  • Reply May 5, 2010


    Good to hear that GreenFinance SF in partnership with Renewable Funding of Oakland has recently launched the largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program which mainly focused on providing financing for home and business owners to go green.

    So Consumers who want their homes to reflect personal values and tastes that promote healthy living and help ensure a healthy planet can stay in touch with GreenFinance SF.


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