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HERO Program - Buyer Be Aware...
It's hard to open a newspaper or your mail these days without seeing some promotion of the HERO Program (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity). Launched in December of 2011, the HERO Program is offered by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and administered by RenovateAmerica. It began as a local implementation of the more widespread PACE Program, or Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, first introduced in 2008, but the California HERO Program has recently been expanded to cover any jurisdiction in the state.
As presented, the HERO Program provides property owners in California a new way to finance home improvements to conserve water and save energy with minimal upfront financial or administrative burdens. While most of the focus appears to be on solar energy applications, the program also covers the installation of energy efficient air conditioning systems, windows, 'cool' roofing, water capture and drip irrigation systems and artificial turf. There are currently some 50 categories of products available under the HERO Program.
In addition to offering residents an easy way to upgrade their home and reduce costs, the program has also produced jobs for the region. RenovateAmerica claims to have completed some 23,000 projects throughout the region utilizing over 400 certified ... more
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