Costa Mesa City Council Approves HERO Residential Energy- and Water-Efficiency Program; Joins 9 other Orange County Cities adopting HERO Program

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Local property owners can now make homes more energy efficient with low-cost, tax deductible financing paid through their property tax bill; Costa Mesa joins more than 120 California cities in adopting HERO to create jobs, save energy and water.

This program will help to create local jobs while providing energy and water savings for Costa Mesa residents. It’s a win-win for the whole community.

The Costa Mesa City Council has voted to make the HERO Program available to residents of Costa Mesa. The HERO Program HERO is a local government-approved program that provides private financing to enable property owners to make energy- and water-efficient upgrades to their properties.

Payment is made through property taxes as part of this Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) model. In addition to helping homeowners save on energy bills, HERO spurs local job creation through creating demand for contractor services. The HERO Program has helped create more than 2,100 jobs in California.

“We are excited to make HERO available to residents in communities throughout Costa Mesa," said Matt Messina, HERO Community Development Manager. "This program will help to create local jobs while providing energy and water savings for Costa Mesa residents. It’s a win-win for the whole community.”

More than 150,000 products are available to property owners through the HERO Program. Some of the most popular products available through the program include whole-home heating and cooling (HVAC), solar power panel installations, energy-saving windows, doors, roofing and insulation, among other types of energy and water saving improvements.

Property owners are able to borrow up to 15 percent of their property value and repay the loans over 5, 10, 15 or 20 years through an assessment on their property tax bills. Interest payments on loans are tax deductible.

HERO is the largest and most successful Property Assessed Clean Energy program in the nation. The program will be available in more than 120 communities in California this year and has helped fund more than 10,000 residential projects for efficiency upgrades with access to more than $180 million in financing.

Costa Mesa joins Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, La Palma, Newport Beach, Placentia, Santa Ana, Tustin and Westminster, all cities that have approved HERO in Orange County.

The HERO Program is different from traditional consumer financing because it is based primarily on home equity. Approval decisions are not made based on household income or FICO scores. HERO is 100-percent voluntary for both local government agencies and property owners.

For more information and to apply for the program please visit

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