Washtenaw County businesses may be able to get energy efficiency upgrades without paying for them upfront.
The County Commissioners later this month will hold a public hearing on a proposed property assessed clean energy or PACE program.
County Commissioner Conan Smith says he hopes energy saving upgrades can be made soon. He says if the County Commissioners approve the PACE program this month, plans should be in the pipeline by spring and construction underway during 2014.
Ann Arbor already has a PACE program but their effort includes a pool of public funds, the county's plan will only use private dollars. Smith says the two programs are complimentary and businesses in Ann Arbor will be able to choose which program best meets their needs.
— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.