By Roy L Hales
On Wednesday San Diego Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Dave Roberts joined San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria and representatives from the HERO PACE program and a local solar company on the steps outside the County Administration Center. They announced that the HERO PACE energy- and water efficiency program will now be available in San Diego (city), El Cajon and Escondido, as well as the unincorporated parts of San Diego County. It is a scene that has been repeated in many communities throughout California recently. HERO PACE is now operational in more than 160 Californian communities.
A recent headline proclaims the program’s launch in 24 cities and counties.
“We’ve had media events in San Bernardino, Kern County, Riverside, San Diego, and are planning events in San Jose and Fresno,” a spokesperson for HERO said. “We stay in regular contact with the local media to profile projects and share economic data.”
“It’s not every day that we get a program presented to us of this nature that benefits this many people in one swoop,” Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez recently purred. “You have the homeowner, you have our local economy, you have the contractors putting people to work right here in Kern County.”
Her colleague Supervisor Zack Scrivner added, “We’re excited about the fact that these projects are going to help to conserve water.”
An article in the High Desert Daily proclaims that, “HERO will enable the City of Barstow to save water and energy.”
An increasing number of HERO’s projects are water conservation projects like:
• low flow toilets, that save approximately 16,000 gallons of water each year.
• rotating sprinkler nozzles (which up to 20% less water)
• or artificial turf
A company spokesman said, “We are working to increase use of the water efficiency tools available through HERO as the drought continues.”
The HERO program recently launched in the cities of Arcadia, Atwater, Bellflower, Costa Mesa, Delano, Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Mammoth Lakes, Menlo Park, Modesto, Monterey, Oakdale, Ridgecrest, Scotts Valley, Tracy,Vacaville, and Waterford. It is now active in Merced and Mono counties.
“Our environment benefits by our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas and energy consumption,” said San Diego Supervisor Dave Roberts. “Not only that, we are helping to jumpstart an important industry to create jobs in San Diego County.
“This program makes it easier for many consumers to save money and go green, opening the door to more rooftop solar panels, more energy-efficient windows and other improvements,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob, chairwoman of the county Board of Supervisors.
HERO has been operational in other parts of San Diego county since last year. The program financed 206 projects in the County, worth $4.9 million.
The HERO program enables homeowners and commercial property owners to pay for these improvements through their property tax bill.
More than $250 million worth of projects have been financed through-out California and the number is growing.