The National Consumer Law Center monitors and comments on the potential benefits and risks to consumers regarding various ways to finance home energy efficiency improvements, including Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans, where the local city or town finances the improvements.
- Issue brief: Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans: The Perils of Easy Money for Clean Energy Improvements, Sept. 2017
There has been a sharp increase in homeowner problems with PACE loans. The laudable goal of improving home energy efficiency is being overshadowed by the lack of adequate consumer protections for these loans. This brief catalogs consumer stories and summarizes some of the abuses and challenges of PACE financing.
- Housing and Consumer Groups Statement on California A.B. 1284’s PACE Loan Ability-to-Repay Provisions, Sept. 15, 2017
- Analysis by NCLC of Montana Draft PACE Bill, Feb. 2, 2017
- Press Release: PACE Mortgages Still Risky Despite New Dept. of Energy Guidelines, Nov. 18, 2016
- Supplemental Comments on Best Practice Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing, Oct. 18, 2016
- Policy brief: PACE Energy Efficiency Loans: Good Intentions, Big Risks for Consumers, Sept. 2016
- Coalition comments on Draft Best Practice Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing, Aug. 18, 2016 || Press release
- Comments of the National Consumer Law Center and Consumer Federation of America regarding "Mortgage Assets Affected by PACE Programs", March 2012
- NASUCA resolution urging the adoption state laws and regulations to protect consumers from abuses in the marketing of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans for energy efficiency upgrades. June 5, 2017
- Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) testimony: Statement of Alfred M. Pollard, General Counsel, FHFA, before the California Legislature, Keeping Up with PACE, June 2016
- San Diego, CA (Elder Law & Advocacy)
- The Department of Energy: Best Practice Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing: Consumer Protections, Dec. 15, 2016 (PowerPoint)
PACE Loans in the News
- 6/4/17 Los Angeles Times "These loans were created to help homeowners but for some they did the opposite" by Andrew Khouri with quotes by John Rao. Part 1 of 2.
6/4/17 Los Angeles Times “With some borrowers struggling with a new kind of home-improvement loan, reforms are on the table” by Andrew Khouri with quote by John Rao. Part 2 of 2.
- April 18, 2017, North Bay Business Journal "PACE green home-upgrade loans could get bigger legal leash"
- April 11, 2017, Florida Sun Sentinel "Federal suit says PACE home improvement loan program fails to disclose risks, costs"
- April 5, 2017, Wall Street Journal, Green-Energy PACE Home Loans Catch Congress's Ire
- Jan. 10, 2017 America’s Fastest-Growing Loan Category Has Eerie Echoes of Subprime Crisis (WSJ)
- April 30, 2016 CBS Los Angeles “Goldstein Investigation: How Going Green Might Have You Seeing Red In The End” || Summary and quotes
- Oct 10, 2016 MarketWatch “These government-approved high-interest green loans are turning mortgage lending upside down” || Summary
- June 2, 2016 San Gabriel Valley Tribune "Watch out for these green-energy improvement loans that put homeowners at financial risk" || Summary
- November 14, 2016 The San Diego Reader “Solar-power financing could spell trouble: "I hate to see people lose their homes over something I was involved with” || Summary
- February 23, 2016 Comstock's Business Insight for the Capital Region "A Growing Green Debt? As PACE takes off, realtors warn that unwary homeowners are complicating their finances" || Summary
- September 27, 2016 The Sacramento Bee “Is rooftop solar worth it? Californians consider the questions as use, complaints rise” || Sumary and quotes
- May 3, 2016 The Sacramento Bee “Solar panel loans have spun out of control” || Summary
- BiggerPockets.com “Southern California Hero Program - Renovate America – Scam” || Summary
- July 19, 2016 California Association of Realtors “C.A.R. Statement on HUD Insuring FHA Mortgages with PACE Loans” || Summary
- March 28, 2015 Pedersen Real Estate “Some Big Problems with HERO PACE program - Homeowners Beware!” || Summary
- June 12, 2015 The Press Enterprise “MORENO VALLEY: Homebuyer files lawsuit over HERO-financed transaction” || Summary
- Oct. 5, 2015 The National Real Estate Post “Run From PACE Loans... Run” || Summary
- July 17, 2015 The Sacramento Bee "Energy Improvement program can hobble home sales" || Summary
- April 9, 2016 Ventura County Star "Opinion: Mark Chacon: Energy-efficiency loans could cause homeowner headaches" || Summary