Economic Development

Experience the Butte County Advantage: Butte County, California is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. The County is committed to protecting and enhancing agriculture as the backbone of the local economy and for the open spaces that make Butte County a beautiful place to live and work.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Financing for energy efficiency, energy generation and water conservation improvements is available for residential, commercial, retail, agricultural and industrial property owners in Butte County.

PACE offers 100% up-front financing for hundreds of money-saving solar, energy efficiency and water conservation improvements. Qualifying improvements may include:

  • HVAC
  • Solar Photovoltaic
  • Solar Thermal
  • Roofing
  • Lighting
  • Windows
  • Exterior Doors
  • Plumbing
  • Irrigation
  • Process Equipment
  • Control Systems

The amount of financing available is based solely on the value of the property. Semi-annual installments are collected through the property tax bill as an assessment line item. PACE installments may run with the property in the event of a transfer, so you may only pay for the benefits you receive.

Rising energy costs, new environmental disclosure regulations such as AB 1103, and aging building stock has prompted Butte County to approve PACE - a breakthrough financing solution for energy and water-efficient building improvements. This timely financing opportunity was uniquely designed to help property owners clear investment hurdles to capital-intensive energy upgrade projects including tenant-owner split incentives and accounting treatment.

Upgraded buildings enable:

  • LEED and Energy Star certification
  • Increased asset value
  • Higher rents
  • Compliance with AB 1103
  • Increased net operating income

PACE gives property owners unparalleled flexibility and benefits:

  • 100% up-front financing
  • Long terms (up to 20 years)
  • No encumberance of corporate credit
  • Transferability of lien upon disposition
  • Repayment via property tax bill
  • Potential off balance sheet treatment

The California Statewide Communities Development Authority's (CSCDA) Open PACE program is a turnkey resource for residential and commercial property owners to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation. Visit CSCDA's Open PACE website to see a list of PACE Program Administrators. 


Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager

 Location and Hours

Economic Development
25 County Center Drive
Suite 200
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

Get In Touch

Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager
25 County Center Dr. Ste. 200, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530.538.6182 | Email:

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