Most clean energy retrofits are eligible for CaliforniaFIRST financing.

Common energy efficiency, renewable energy or water conservation projects include:

  • Windows and Doors
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Lightning
  • Refrigeration
  • HVAC
  • Bathrooms
  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar Water
  • Insulation
  • Cool roofs

Property owners will also be permitted to install custom measures that can demonstrate an energy or water savings benefit.

Other property eligibility criteria include:

  • Consent of all property owners on title
  • Mortgage lender affirmative acknowledgement of property’s CaliforniaFIRST participation
  • The combined lien-to-property value (CLTV) cannot exceed 100%, meaning a property owner may not finance more than their equity in the property

Because the property secures the financing, no credit evaluation of the property owners is needed. However, the property must be current with its property tax obligations, free of any title disputes and clear of any involuntary liens or judgments.

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Is CaliforniaFIRST available for your commercial property?

Only commercial properties located within participating communities are eligible
to participate. See if your community is in an active CaliforniaFIRST area.

"PACE is an innovative public/private partnership that gives homeowners and commercial property owners a new tool for investing in solar energy."

Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director, California Solar Energy Industry Association

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