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Fee waived for financing water conservation measures May – October 2016

In its ongoing commitment to water conservation, the Placer County Board of Supervisors waived the fee associated with its Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program (mPOWER) for water saving measures. The action waives the $500 residential and $1,300 commercial fee for project applications that include $1,500 in water conservation measures received from May 1 to October 31, 2016.

The Board approved a similar fee waiver in 2014 and 2015. The fee waiver applies to the jurisdictions of unincorporated Placer County, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Auburn, Colfax and the City of Folsom.

Though California has seen rain in recent months, the State Water Resources Control Board continues to remind us that we have not recovered from the drought. In February 2016 the State Water Resources Control Board extended its restrictions on urban water use.

Conservation measures mPOWER can financed include:
• Low-flow fixtures
• Improved hot water delivery system
• High efficiency nozzles
• Drip systems
• Smart irrigation controllers
• Turf and pavers
Call 866-396-7693 or email mpower@placer.ca.gov

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mPOWER Placer has highest funding month since program inception

mPOWER funded more than $2.3 million in energy efficiency and conservation measures for Placer County residents in November 2015, making it the highest funded month in the past two years. Many property owners sought to take advantage of the residential solar tax credit which requires project completion and payment before December 31 in order to be claimed for the 2015 tax year.

“We had many Placer County residents decide to use mPOWER financing to make their homes more efficient and comfortable while reducing their utility bills,” said Elizabeth Weil, mPOWER senior program specialist. “We’ve been working diligently to make sure as many projects as possible fund before the end of the year so that our property owners will receive their solar tax credits.”

mPOWER provides financing to both residential and non-residential property owners for the installation of energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable generation (typically solar) improvements. Solar systems continue to dominate the projects funded by mPOWER, with more than 1,000 systems installed since 2013. Heating and air conditioning unit replacements are also popular, followed by windows, insulation, and roofs. Many property owners combine projects to make a home as efficient as possible first, which can decrease the size of the solar system needed, saving project costs and shortening the payback period. Energy improvements can be financed for up to 20 years and are repaid by adding the annual amount due to the property tax bill. The program normally disburses payments twice a month, but with the year coming to a close, a third disbursement date was added to the December schedule to further help achieve the tax credit.

mPOWER has provided more than $38 million in financing to more than 1,200 property owners making it the most successful public energy efficiency and water conservation financing program in the Sacramento region. mPOWER Program objectives are to create jobs, increase energy independence, promote water conservation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

mPOWER is currently available throughout Placer County, the cities of Roseville, Auburn, Rocklin, Lincoln and Colfax, the Town of Loomis, and the City of Folsom. Visit mPOWER at www.mpowerplacer.org and www.mpowerfolsom.org or by calling toll free 877-396-7693.

mPOWER disbursements through November 2015

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mPOWER financing reaches $35 million

Board of Supervisors continues support of program

On November 17th, the Placer County Board of Supervisors were presented with an mPOWER program update, which showed that more than $35 million in mPOWER clean energy projects have infused the Placer County economy, with a monthly average of $1.2 million.  In October,  54 residential projects and one commercial project were financed, totaling over $1.54 million.

Currently, 307 contractors work with the mPOWER program and, together, have helped create 714 local jobs, while reducing greenhouse gases by 2,570 tons. This is equal to removing 496 cars from the road annually. In addition, 648 indirect jobs have been created through increased disposable income to homeowners and increased profit margins to businesses generated from energy savings.

mPOWER currently serves unincorporated Placer County, the cities of Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Auburn, Loomis and Colfax, as well as the City of Folsom in Sacramento County.

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DOE Better Buildings Challenge honors Placer County

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Placer County for its leadership in improving energy efficiency across its 5-million-square-foot portfolio of county- owned buildings and schools by 20 percent in 10 years. Through the department’s Better Buildings Challenge, the county’s showcase project, the Granlibakken conference center and resort, is expecting a 43 percent reduction in energy use and savings of up to $44,000 each year.

“All over the United States, cities and counties like Placer County are overcoming unique energy efficiency challenges by deploying comprehensive and flexible solutions,” said Maria Vargas, director of the Better Buildings Challenge. “Placer County’s Granlibakken is a great example of energy efficiency at work in our nation’s buildings: innovative financing, public-private partnerships and high-tech solutions.”

 The Granlibakken conference center and resort is achieving its energy savings in the kitchen by replacing obsolete refrigerators, dishwashers and stove-hood exhaust systems with energy- efficient models. Newly automated heating and air conditioning systems also were installed to increase the efficiency of the facility’s natural gas boilers. 

 The 14,680-square-foot conference center and resort’s comprehensive retrofit and energy audit was financed by mPower Placer, which uses a property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing model. The county’s mPOWER program facilitates energy conservation improvements with no upfront costs for property owners across Placer County and the Lake Tahoe region.

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Fee Waiver for Water Conservation Measures Deadline Approaches

mPOWER reminds residential and non-residential property owners that the fee waiver for water saving project applications ends October 31, 2015.  This processing fee waiver will save residential applicants $500 and non-residential applicants $1,300, for water conservation projects of $1,500 or more.

Water conservation improvements that can be financed include low-flow toilets, high efficiency nozzles and faucets, drip irrigation systems, improved hot water delivery, and lawn replacement with artificial turf. Applications can also include improvements such as tankless water heaters and weather-based smart-controllers for irrigation systems.

mPOWER provides financing to both residential and non-residential property owners for the installation of energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable generation (typically solar) improvements. The improvements can be financed for up to 20 years and are repaid by adding the annual amount due to the property tax bill.

Since its inception, mPOWER has provided more than $32 million in financing to more than 1,000 property owners making it the most successful public energy efficiency and water conservation financing program in the Sacramento region.  mPOWER Program objectives are to create jobs, increase energy independence, promote water conservation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

mPOWER is currently available throughout Placer County, the cities of Roseville, Auburn, Rocklin, and the City of Folsom. It is in the process of expanding to other municipalities throughout the region. Individuals, businesses and municipalities can contact mPOWER at www.mpowerplacer.org and www.mpowerfolsom.org  or by calling toll free 877-396-7693.

 

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Program Fee Waived with Water Improvements

mPOWER is committed to helping its customers save water and money during the drought. The processing fee is being waived for all applications received between May1st – October 31, 2015 if $1,500 in water efficiency upgrades or more are included in the project. That’s a $500 (residential) or $1,300 (non-residential) savings!

Water conservation improvements that can be financed include low-flow toilets, high efficiency nozzles and faucets, drip irrigation systems, improved hot water delivery, and lawn replacement with artificial turf. Applications can also include improvements such as tankless water heaters and weather-based smart-controllers for irrigation systems.

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Commercial Projects – Lowest Cost Provider

Did you know that mPOWER financing is the lowest cost PACE financing for commercial projects in the Sacramento Region? That’s right! mPOWER provides financing for all non-residential projects at a fixed interest rate of 6% regardless of the payback period. In addition, the financing fees are fixed and disclosed upfront. All non-residential applications incur a $1,300 processing fee plus other passthrough fees such as recording and title fees, as well as a $25 annual fee.

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Folsom Lake Ford Signed $1.6 Million Energy Efficiency Retrofit Contract

February 23, 2015
Folsom, CA – Folsom Lake Ford expects to save big on a $1.6 million energy efficiency retrofit and solar project made available through the City of Folsom’s green energy financing program, mPOWER Folsom.
The retrofit—one of the largest of its kind in the Sacramento Region— is the first commercial energy efficiency retrofit financed through mPOWER Folsom.
Folsom’s program is part of Placer County’s mPOWER program, which has funded more than $27 million in energy retrofit and solar PV projects in Placer County, including the cities of Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, Loomis and Colfax since August 2013.
The $1.6 million financed through mPOWER Folsom will be used to install new LED lighting, a new cool roof, an HVAC system, and 402 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic generation at the Folsom Lake Ford and KIA dealerships in the Folsom Automall. The solar installation alone is expected to save the dealership approximately $60,000 annually, or $1.5 million over the next 25 years after all costs have been recovered.

“The mPOWER program is an excellent example of local governments working effectively and collaboratively to achieve win-win, mutually beneficial green energy goals,” said Mayor Andy Morin. “Property owners save money and the City is able to achieve green energy policy goals and meet greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements.”
“Business owners tell us how the utility savings have increased their profit margins and homeowners have told us how the utility savings have increased their disposable income,” said Kirk Uhler, Chairman of the Placer County Board of Supervisors and Executive Director of the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance.
City of Folsom officials worked with Placer County to bring the County’s highly successful mPOWER program to Folsom in March 2014.

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Energy Benchmarking – Are You Ready?

On July 11, 2012 the California Energy Commission adopted benchmarking requirements for nonresidential buildings in accordance with Assembly Bills 1103 and 531. Under the new laws the building owner or operator will be required to disclose energy usage data to a prospective buyer or lessee of the entire building, or a prospective lender financing the entire building. This information will be gathered by using an energy benchmarking system.

Why is energy benchmarking so important?
Energy benchmarking allows a building owner or operator to compare their building’s performance to that of similar buildings and determine how to manage energy costs.

Who will benefit from energy benchmarking?
Building owners and operators can use the energy consumption data to identify areas that need to improve efficiency, resulting in reduced energy costs, increased property value and increased comfort for the building occupants. Prospective buyers and lessees will be better able to estimate operational costs of the building.

How do I get started?
At least 30 days before a building is sold, leased, or financed the building owner must open an account at the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star® program Portfolio Manager website. The following basic information will be requested: building owner’s name, email address, name and address of the building, year built, all sources of energy use data for the most recent 12 months, and a request that all utility and energy providers to release energy use data for the most recent 12 months.

Implementation Timetable:
Buildings Greater than 50,000 sq. ft. – January 1, 2013
Buildings 10,000 – 50,000 sq. ft. – July 1, 2013
Buildings 5,000 – 10,000 sq. ft. – January 2014

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$2 Million in Savings

$2 Million in savings is projected over the next 25 years from the 1.7 acre, 450 panel solar photovoltaic system installed at North Auburn’s Gold Country RV Park . The nearly $500,000 project secured financing from mPOWER in mid February, with approximately $330,000 coming from mPOWER financing and $150,000 from a Federal tax grant. To further reduce the initial cost of the system, park owner John Grant anticipates additional tax and depreciation savings.

The 66-site park is located on K.O.A. Way off Highway 49 in North Auburn and operates at near capacity year round. “We’re a big-rig park and those big RVs draw lots of power,” said Grant. Adding, “We’re able to achieve carbon-pollution offsets because the power we consume with the solar system doesn’t have to be generated elsewhere.” Approximately 60 percent of the park’s electrical needs are expected to be provided by the system.

Prior to installation of the solar photovoltaic system the park owner completed a number of retrofit projects, including several HVAC units and interior lighting in the recently remodeled clubhouse, and a new pool heater and pump.

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