PACE Program Administrators

Starting January 1, 2019, the Department of Business Oversight will license Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrators and regulate the PACE industry.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • What’s New

    • On December 1, the DBO held a workshop with interested persons to gather information on needed regulations for the effective oversight of PACE program administrators (Govt. Code, § 11346, subdivision (b)). The DBO is in the process of drafting regulations to implement the new law and seeks comments from interested parties prior to initiating a formal rulemaking action with the Office of Administrative Law.

    Invitation For Comments

    4/19/18 – PRO 02/17 – Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program Administrators
    Comment Period Ends: June 8, 2018.


    12/30/17 - PRO 02/17 – Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program Administrators
    Comment Period Ends: January 5, 2018.

    Summary of Operative Dates

    The Summary of Operative Dates is not an exhaustive list, but is intended to provide a general overview for compliance. A program administrator should review the law to ensure compliance with the specific requirements on the dates they become operative. A PACE program administrator must comply with the law upon its operative date. The Department will review a program administrator’s compliance with the law as of its operative date during the licensing process, during regulatory examinations, and as part of investigations and enforcement actions, where applicable.

    Background

    On October 4, 2017, Governor Brown signed AB 1284 (Chapter 475, Statutes of 2017). The bill renames the California Finance Lenders Law the California Financing Law. This change became effective upon signing, and sets forth a licensing scheme for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrators. A “program administrator” is a person administering a PACE program on behalf of a public agency. (Fin. Code, § 22018.) A PACE program provides financing for the installation of energy-efficiency improvements on real property with funding repaid through property tax assessments, as authorized by specified laws. (Fin. Code, § 22016.)