Berkeley FIRST

In 2008, the City of Berkeley launched the Berkeley Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology (FIRST), a program to promote solar photovoltaic (PV) installations using a pioneering financing mechanism. The now concluded pilot program served as a model for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs across the country.

PACE Financing: PACE offers accessible financing to make important building improvements that can lower energy bills. The advantages of the PACE financing: 

PACE Financing Programs: The Berkeley FIRST pilot program has concluded but there are other PACE financing options that are now available. To learn more see: PACE financing.

Berkeley FIRST Documents

Legislation to establish Berkeley FIRST: 

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