Three more Fresno County cities have voted to make the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy program available to residents who need financial help to pay for home renovation projects that cut down energy costs and help the environment.
Parlier, Kerman and Selma are the latest cities to launch the program. Fresno, Clovis, Kingsburg, Sanger, Reedley and Fresno County have already adopted HERO.
Here’s how it works: local governments pass a resolution making the program available to property owners. Then qualified commercial and residential property owners can apply and choose from a number of projects.
The program finances up to 100% of the cost and installation of 57 different water and energy-saving products such as solar, heating and cooling systems, efficient windows and doors, insulation and water-saving artificial turf.
Payments are made through property tax bills for up to 20 years. If the property is sold before the financing is paid in full, the remaining payments can be passed onto the new owner.
“HERO makes it easy and affordable for homeowners to save money by using water and energy more efficiently,” said Matt Messina, HERO”s community development manager.
The program has been adopted by 206 communities in California and funded more than $350 million in residential projects. More than $15 million in applications and $3 million in projects have been approved in Fresno and Clovis.