It’s not a big secret that the answers to a multitude of our problems lie in finding and utilizing sustainable energy solutions. Solar energy is one of our greatest resources, and while utilization of that energy has increased in recent years, many homeowners still seem wary about solar panels. Their concerns are reasonable, as there’s been an influx of misinformation and subpar quality panels saturating the market. Homeowners who’ve expressed concerns about solar panel costs, efficiency, and reliability have been heard.


CaliforniaFIRST has constructed a program that simplifies the financing aspect of making your home more energy efficient and alleviates concern over the quality of both the products and the work. The following is from californiafirst.org:

          CaliforniaFIRST is a public/private financing program that provides upfront funding for home energy efficiency,

          renewable energy, and water saving improvements. Simply apply, complete your projects, and repay on your

          property taxes over the course of up to 25 years.

          CaliforniaFIRST is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. This innovative form of financing was

          created in partnership with state and local governments to encourage energy and water efficiency and to create

          jobs. And because CaliforniaFIRST is government supported, we’re able to offer affordable long-term financing.

CaliforniaFIRST eligibility is not dependent on your credit score, can lower your utility bills while raising your property value, and provides you with contractors they’ve thoroughly vetted.


Clark Living friend, Cody Goetz, is not only a vetted CaliforniaFIRST contractor, he’s also an Operating Partner with SolReliable, one of California’s leading green energy solutions companies. SolReliable has offices in Santa Monica, Valley Village, and San Francisco, and they’re one of the few companies that use solar panels manufactured in California. Their close proximity to their panel manufacturing allows for tighter quality control while stimulating the local economy. What makes SolReliable truly stand out is how simple they make the process for their clients. They cover all aspects of making your home more energy efficient, from obtaining permits to construction to guiding you through financing.


Heading toward sustainable energy practices isn’t for a select few; it’s the most logical solution we have, and an idea we should all be actively engaging. Visit www.californiafirst.org for more information about PACE programs and to check financing availability in your area. For more information about SolReliable, contact Cody Goetz at and check out their website, www.solreliable.com.

steve&meat                                    Steve Clark with Cody Goetz. SolReliable will begin their work on Steve’s home this month.