California HERO Program in Orange County

HERO_Logo_RED_RGBIn June 2013, the ACC-OC and Western Riverside Council of Governments entered into an MOU to help facilitate the California HERO program in Orange County. The fundamental goal of this program is to bring jobs, economic development and environmental preservation for Orange County cities.

HERO Program in OC Successes:

Since launching a partnership with the ACC-OC in June 2013, the HERO Program has achieved remarkable results in Orange County:

  • More than 3 Megawatts of alternative energy sources installed
  • Nearly 265 GWh of energy savings to be achieved
  • Nearly 6.5 million gallons of water conserved annually
  • Approximately $67 million in lifetime energy/water cost savings
  • Approximately $48 million in funded cleantech projects
  • Approximately 417 jobs created in cleantech-related industry

What is the HERO Program?

  • California HERO is a residential and commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
  • Allows residents of participating jurisdictions to access financing for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements
  • Financing to property owners is repaid over time through voluntary annual assessments on the property tax bill – it is not a tax
  • It is authorized by state law (AB 811 and AB 474)

What are examples of eco-friendly improvements eligible to residents under the HERO program?

Many of the eligible upgrades include:

  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Cool roofs
  • Natural gas storage water heater
  • Tankless water heater
  • Windows and glass doors
  • Outside irrigation
  • Insulation
  • Window filming
  • Home sealing
  • Lighting control systems
  • Solar thermal systems (hot water)
  • Solar thermal systems for pool heating
  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Low flush toilets

How can my city participate?

In order for its property owners to be eligible to participate in the California HERO program, a City only needs to adopt a Resolution of Participation. The Resolution of Participation provides authorization for those jurisdictions to coordinate with WRCOG staff to facilitate operation of the California HERO Program within the jurisdiction’s boundaries. Signing the Resolution would not preclude a City from participating in other financing or other PACE programs. WRCOG would continue to administer the program, and the only staff time that would be required through the program is the staff time required to process the City’s required permits. Outside of limited staff time, it does not cost a city to participate in the California HERO Program.

What cities currently participate? (as of August 26, 2015)

Aliso Viejo



Buena Park

Costa Mesa


Fountain Valley

Garden Grove

Huntington Beach

La Palma

La Habra

Laguna Hills

Laguna Beach

Laguna Hills

Lake Forest

Mission Viejo


Newport Beach


Rancho Santa Margarita

San Clemente

Santa Ana




Yorba Linda



What’s ACC-OC’s role?

Our job is simply to facilitate the HERO program in Orange County and serve as an information resource. It is a completely voluntary program and the ACC-OC seeks to offer a myriad of helpful resources, including the HERO program, to its members.

HERO Program Resources

HERO Program Contacts

HERO Program in Orange County

  • Lacy Schoen, CEO ACC-OC
  • (714) 953-1300

General HERO Program Questions:

  • HERO Hotline
  • 855-HERO-411 (855-437-6411)

Call us: (714) 953-1300