'''''Note: The Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA) issued a [http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/15884/PACESTMT7610.pdf statement] in July 2010 concerning the senior lien status associated with most PACE programs. In response to the FHFA statement, most local PACE programs have been suspended until further clarification is provided. '''''
Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing effectively allows property owners to borrow money to pay for energy improvements. The amount borrowed is typically repaid via a special assessment on the property over a period of years. Hawaii has authorized certain local governments to establish such programs, as described below. (Not all local governments in Hawaii offer PACE financing; contact your local government to find out if it has established a PACE financing program.)
Existing Hawaii law authorizes counties to create special improvement districts for financing a variety of projects that serve the public purpose and benefit the county. The counties can also issue bonds and collect special taxes on property within the special improvement districts. Renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements are not specifically mentioned in the enabling law, though these improvements appear to be eligible.
As of September 2011, no local governments in Hawaii have created PACE financing programs.