When the Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the HERO program, the goal was to help local homeowners make energy and efficiency upgrades that could reduce utility bills and greenhouse gas emissions while creating local clean-energy jobs. Today, it’s clear that the program is working: through the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program, more than 3,100 homeowners in Fresno County have made almost 6,300 energy efficiency, water efficiency or solar power improvements to their homes.
Since the financing option became available in Fresno County, the program has also had a positive impact on the local economy, generating almost $110 million in new economic activity. By stimulating home renovations, the HERO Program also increases demand for local contractor services. As a result, the HERO Program is now supporting an estimated 539 regional jobs through this boost to the local economy. Many of these jobs, like those in the local construction sector, cannot be automated or outsourced.