Supervisor Jeff Stone goes solar

There’s never been a better time for homeowners in Western Riverside County to go solar.

The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) has launched the nation’s largest financing program to help residential property owners pay for the installation of solar panels and other home improvements that will save energy.

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone was one of the first to take advantage of WRCOG’s Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) program.

“I can’t tell you how easy it was to do it,” Stone told a group of property owners at a recent breakfast meeting hosted by HelioPower and Structured Finance at the Bear Creek Golf Club. “The process is really simple.”

Under the HERO program, qualified homeowners can often put solar on their rooftops with no money down and payments made as a part of the home’s property tax bill.

In most cases, the interest on the loan is tax deductable. Rebates, credits and other financial incentives make solar more affordable than ever, Stone said.

He chose HelioPower as the company to do the job.

“I am very pleased to say that I’ve had friends that have utilized them and been very happy with their service,” he said.