Cisco DeVries

Revolutionizing access to clean energy

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For the past 25 years, I’ve nurtured new ideas, created policy, built businesses, and inspired change. From the White House to founding a start-up business, I’ve been focused on using the power of the market to address the climate and energy crisis.

In 2007, I invented Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) — now a $8 billion industry and one of Scientific American magazine’s top 20 “world-changing” ideas. PACE provides 100% financing for clean energy projects, which is then repaid as a line-item on the property tax bill.

Today, I am the proud CEO of OhmConnect where we pay people to save electricity when the grid gets overloaded, dirty, and expensive. Together, OhmConnect members regularly reduce enough energy to turn off three natural gas power plants. 

Time is short.  Let’s work together to save the world . . .

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What they’re saying

America’s become a global leader in clean energy and the fight against climate change. A big reason why is the incredible progress of a new program called PACE. 

Barack Obama

President of the United States

PACE has been responsible for huge gains in energy efficiency, solar installations and safety improvements in California’s housing and commercial building stock.

Nancy Skinner

State Senator (D-California)

Over the last two years, one local policy has quietly emerged as the single most successful tool in promoting energy upgrades: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).

David Hochschild

California Energy Commissioner

PACE is a no-cost to taxpayers, no-mandate, consumer opt-in approach to bringing clean energy technology to homeowners and businesses.                           

Adam Hasner

Former House Majority Leader (R-Florida)

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Joining OhmConnect: Powering up to Power Down

Joining OhmConnect: Powering up to Power Down

My kids, hard at work saving the world When it got hot this summer, my kids earned $42.39 each for sitting outside with a book. They also, believe it or not, helped make a small but important dent in the climate crisis. Here in California, when the sun sets on a hot...

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My next endeavor: Titan Grove

My next endeavor: Titan Grove

I spent the last decade trying to solve a simple, but devilishly difficult, problem: how do we pay for the rapid de-carbonization we need to do in our buildings? While we have not solved the climate crisis, the availability of capital for energy retrofits and renewable energy has never been better. I am very proud that both the PACE model and Renew Financial have played an important role in that success.

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San Jose Mercury News

“Every once in a while, somebody in government comes up with an idea so brilliant that everyone else ought to copy it. Cisco DeVries, chief of staff to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and a former official in the Clinton administration, dreamed up one of those just-gotta-have-it notions.”