Company: Renovate America
Making the Energy Efficient Choice Affordable: PACENow’s David Gabrielson Talks with JP McNeill, CEO and Co-Founder of Renovate America.
David Gabrielson: JP, tell us about your background and how you got interested in PACE.
JP McNeill: Being a father and a spouse and wanting to promote sustainability led me into solar energy. I joined SunEdison, a company working on large scale solar PV projects for commercial, municipal and utility customers and worked with home rule municipalities that could write their own legislation to put assessments on properties in their jurisdictions, and subsequently issue bonds to fund large solar PV installations. This was prior to the first two PACE programs being launched in Berkeley and Palm Desert, CA. In 2008, once I learned about the passage of statewide PACE legislation in California, I left SunEdison and started Renovate America with the goal of creating a solution that would catalyze the mass adoption of EE/RE and water conservation measures at the household level. When home owners move forward with a project that saves them money, they realize that being more energy efficient is in their financial interest, and, ultimately, the concept of being green is not only good for the environment, but is also good for their pocket books. This realization changes people’s behavior further, when they consider what other things they can do to live more efficiently or sustainably. Thus, I think PACE can serve as a catalyst to live more sustainably.