Highlights: 2015 New Jersey PACE Summit

Summit Highlights

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:

New Jersey PACE 2015 Summit Program

Speaker Presentations:

David Gabrielson: Gabrielson-2015.06.12 NJ PACE Summit

Bert Hunter: CGB_NJ_PACE_Presentation_06-12-15-final-corrected

Andrew ChintzChintz-2015%20NJ%20Summit.pdf

Media Coverage:

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:

  1. Renewable energy systems are specifically exempted from adding to the property’s assessed value by New Jersey law; and
  2. 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:

A Full House

A Full House

Gov. Florio making a point

Gov. Florio making a point

Gov. Florio & Commissioner Chivukula

Gov. Florio & Commissioner Chivukula

Marcos Vigil & George Vallone

Jersey City Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil (left) & NJ Builders Association President George Vallone

Sander display:team and networking

Sander Mechanical display, team & networking

Aegis Display

Aegis Energy Services display

C.J. DeSantis, Mike Licamele and others networking

C.J. DeSantis, Mike Licamele and others networking

David Gabrielson speaking

PACENow’s David Gabrielson speaking

Angela and others networking

Angela Karas and others networking

audience with Gov Florio

Gov. Florio and audience

bert hunter speaking

CT Green Bank Bert Hunter speaking

bert speaking

Bert Hunter speaking

great networking photo


gus podium with sen smith sign as well

NJPACE Finance director Gus Escher (with Sen. Bob Smith on the phone)


Mario DiNatale, Deputy Mayor, Voorhees Township, NJ

Mary Barber raising hand and audience

EDF’s Mary Barber asking a question

Abhinav Saikia with PACENow Executive Director David Gabrielson

(Left to right) Abhinav Saikia with PACENow’s David Gabrielson & NJPACE Executive Director Jonathan Cloud

florio networking in crowd

Gov. Florio networking in the crowd

Watch Complete Event Videos Here.

Media Videos:

Frank Brill’s Enviropolitics interviews:

New Jersey PACE Co-Founder Victoria Zelin

NJ Builders Association President George Vallone

See Additional Conference Interviews Here

Conference Program Cover   |   DownloadsNJ PACE Summit Program-Outside ~ NJ PACE Summit Program-Inside

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