WRCOG HERO Energy Funding Program Takes Top Regional Honor; HelioPower Projects Featured in Award Video

Source:  Press Enterprise

At the Southern California Association of Governments 2012 Regional Conference and General Assembly, the Western Riverside Council of Governments was presented with the President’s Award for Excellence for its HERO Financing Program.

SCAG’s highest award was presented to WRCOG during the sixth annual Compass Blueprint Recognition Awards Dinner held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

WRCOG Executive Committee Chair and Moreno Valley Councilmember Robin Hastings accepted the award on behalf of WRCOG, and was joined on stage by more than a dozen elected officials from Western Riverside jurisdictions who helped make the program a reality.

“HERO supplies $325 million of private funding into our Western Riverside communities. It is a perfect example of a successful public/private partnership to stimulate our economy and create jobs. I was proud to accept the award on behalf of all of WRCOG’s 18 member jurisdictions,” Hastings said.

WRCOG’s HERO Financing Program is the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy program. Residential and commercial property owners can finance over 150,000 energy and water efficient products and renewable energy systems, such as solar, HVAC, roofing, and windows, with attractive tax-deductible payments. The financing is repaid through a property owner’s property tax bill and may be passed onto the new owners if the property is sold before the financing is fully paid off.

“The HERO Financing Program puts energy efficiency within reach for property owners and stimulates our local economy. HERO projects will create jobs for local contractors, and property owners can save money on their utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rick Bishop, executive director of WRCOG.

HelioPower solar projects in the WRCOG region were featured in the award video.