Governor Jim Florio on “PACE as an Idea Whose Time has Come”:
(For the complete Legislative Panel discussion, see New Jersey PACE 2015 Summit – The Complete Program Online.)
Gov. Florio on why PACE matters:
For complete Summit videos, photos, and more, see New Jersey PACE 2015 Summit – The Complete Program Online.)
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the 2015 New Jersey PACE Summit a reality and such a resounding success. Here are some of the key speaker presentations, media notices, and photos. We’ll also post a link to the event videos as soon as they’re available, and take a look at putting the attendee list online also.
The next couple of months are critical for us, so we’ll be keeping everyone updated as to when we’ll start accepting project proposals, introducing the ordinance in the local municipality, and undertaking project reviews. You can support us by getting involved — as a sponsor, an Alliance Member, or a Partner — and contributing your expertise toward building a vibrant and vital industry.
Download the Conference Program:
David Gabrielson: Gabrielson-2015.06.12 NJ PACE Summit
Bert Hunter: CGB_NJ_PACE_Presentation_06-12-15-final-corrected
Frank Brill: “NJ Gov gets bill to boost private, clean-energy investment” (EnviroPolitics Blog, June 27, 2015). Written after the Legislature passed the bill on June 25.
Jon Hurdle: “BILL WOULD CHANNEL PRIVATE FUNDS FOR CLEAN-ENERGY BUILDING PROGRAMS“ (NJSpotlight, June 15, 2015). A very positive article, though it gets a few things wrong. In particular, it confuses “property tax assessments” with “special assessments,” which are not actually property taxes but special user-related fees for specific purposes, such as sewers or sidewalks.
PACE does not affect the “property tax assessment,” i.e., the assessed value of the property and the corresponding amount of tax, for a couple of major reasons:
- Renewable energy systems are specifically exempted from adding to the property’s assessed value by New Jersey law; and
- Replacing energy systems and improving resiliency are generally seen as part of regular maintenance, not capital improvements
Because there is an immediate increase in net asset value, there may eventually be an increase in the amount of tax paid, but that’s likely to be relatively minor.
A couple of other mistakes, one of which has since been corrected (they originally got the bill number wrong): the PACE program in New Jersey will permit financing up to 30 years (not 20 as in Connecticut and some other states). And the article does not note that some municipalities—those under state financial supervision (currently eight or nine out of 565)—will still need to apply for approval, and demonstrate their organizational capability to operate the program.
But apart from these quibbles the article is extremely positive and informative. It quotes not only a couple of speakers but also a diverse group of stakeholders attending the Summit—a capital provider, a contractor, and an equipment supplier—who have nothing but positive things to say about PACE.
The program really is a triple or quadruple win—of benefit to property owners, lenders, energy services contractors, and the community, which gets jobs, economic development, and reduced carbon pollution. Unlike other “government programs,” it doesn’t use public money, and it doesn’t have a downside for any sector of the economy.
Photos from the Event:
New Jersey PACE Co-Founder Victoria Zelin
NJ Builders Association President George Vallone