In its ongoing commitment to water conservation, the Placer County Board of Supervisors waived the fee associated with its Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program (mPOWER) for water saving measures.
The action waives the $500 residential and $1,300 commercial fee for mPOWER project applications that include $1,500 in water conservation measures received from May 1 to October 31, 2016.
mPOWER can finance water conservation projects in addition to energy efficiency measures. In 2015, a Granite Bay family completed a solar upgrade and took advantage of the fee waiver to fold in some water efficiencies. The water conservation project included a timed drip system to accommodate the in-ground and large potted-plants, along with an extension of the drip throughout the front of the home. The family had been spending two hours daily watering, so the project will not only save water, it will save time!
The Board approved a similar fee waiver in 2014 and 2015. The fee waiver applies to the jurisdictions of unincorporated Placer County, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Auburn, Colfax and the City of Folsom.
Though California has seen rain in recent months, the State Water Resources Control Board continues to remind us that we have not recovered from the drought. In February 2016 the State Water Resources Control Board extended its restrictions on urban water use.
Conservation measures that can be financed included:
- Low-flow fixtures
- Improved hot water delivery system
- High efficiency nozzles
- Drip systems
- Smart irrigation controllers
- Turf and pavers
Find out more about mPOWER and PACE financing, visit www.mpowerplacer.org or call 866-396-7693.