PACE has been selected as 1 of 21 statewide service providers to provide weatherization services under the California Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, Community Services and Development (CSD) Department Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP). This program offers installation of weatherization and renewable energy measures in low-income homes located within disadvantaged communities. LIWP has 3 goals:
1) Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions in disadvantaged communities;
2) Create jobs and provide training for members of disadvantaged communities; and
3) Reduce the energy bills of the low-income households served.
For over 30 years, PACE has provided free installation of measures to promote energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills all while improving the health and safety of the low income population. Our current service area under CSD’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) includes 26 zip codes. Typical work may include minor home repair, combustion appliance safety test, repair/replacement of gas appliances and installation of air infiltration reduction and electric base load measures. PACE has provided weatherization and energy reduction measures in more than 285,000 homes in the Los Angeles region. Cumulatively, these measures have resulted in more the $2 billion in energy savings for low income residents of the area. Additionally, PACE has provided Energy Savings Practices Training, Distributed Energy Education Guides and provided Household Budgeting and Energy Savings training for over 97,000 low income households.
During recent program years, PACE has also trained and/or provided job search assistance to 347 job seekers in the Green Tech Industry as Solar Panel Installers, Weatherization Technicians, and Recycling and Resource Management. As an employer, PACE has hired 72 of these program participants in our Energy and Environmental Services Department. PACE is uniquely positioned to provide job-seekers training, soft skills development, employment tool-kits, and career pathways in the Green Technology sector.