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August 20, 2016

How to Determine PACE Program Eligibility through GIS Technology

As a PACE program provider, you must know a property’s municipality

The PACE program (or Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a simple and effective way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to buildings.

PACE programs allow local and state governments, as well as other inter-jurisdictional authorities, to fund all up-front costs of energy improvements on both commercial and residential properties, which are then paid back over time by the property owner.

PACE programs can pay for new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, solar panels, water pumps, insulation, and more.

Challenges for PACE Program Providers

PACE program providers work closely with local governments to offer their programs. Municipalities and county governments can opt-in or opt-out of the program. In order to find out if a particular house qualifies for the PACE program, the provider needs to know if the home owner lives within the boundary that offers a PACE program.

If the address is within the incorporated city, its municipality is the incorporated city. If not, the municipality of the address is in an unincorporated area surrounded by the incorporated city.

The problem is, most home owners provide standardized mailing addresses, which may not reflect the municipality of the address. To find the true municipality of an address, programs such as PACE rely on a service that’s far more accurate and precise.

 

Learn more about how to find the proper municipality by address

 

Determining the municipality of an address

Assuming the city of San Jose in Santa Clara County, CA opts in to the PACE program, and Santa Clara County does not opt in to the program, let’s see how it affects the following 2 addresses:

Mailing Address 1:
1591 Williamsport Drive, San Jose, CA 95131

The municipality of this address is San Jose. It’s eligible for the PACE program.


Mailing Address 2:
2221 Enborg lane, San Jose, CA 95128

Although the mailing city for this address is San Jose, the physical address is actually not within the incorporated city of San Jose.  The municipality of the address is in an unincorporated area within the county. Because Santa Clara county does not opt in, it is NOT eligible for the PACE program.


How to Find the Municipality by Address?

As the repository of municipality information, the US Census provides boundaries for each municipality in the US.

The only way to determine the municipality is to use a geolocation service. Such a service maps the physical location of the home and then queries the municipality database provided by US Census.

As one of the few OEM geo-coders in the US, USgeocoder provides geolocation-based municipality lookup by address. We geocode each address, identify its latitude and longitude, match it to the US Census database and then produce municipality information for the input address.

This level of accuracy and pinpoint precision has proven to be an invaluable asset to program providers such as PACE, that rely on proper data.

Interested to see our address-based location lookup service at work?

 

We encourage you to try our live demo

Simply enter any address in the U.S., click on the “Free Lookup” button and nearly instantly you’ll be provided with vital, and accurate, information, including:

  • Standardized address
  • Geolocation codes
  • Zip codes & mail delivery
  • Political jurisdictions/elected officials
  • Census statistics
  • California sales tax (if applicable)

 


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July 22, 2016

How to Find the Municipality by Address

A municipality is a city or town that has corporate status and its own local government. Most people think they can find the municipality of a location by merely looking at the address. That’s not always true.

Mailing city vs. a municipality

Normally, the city we see in a standard address is a mailing city, the city in which the postal office delivering to the address is located. Sometimes, this mailing city is the same as the physical city that the address belongs to.

But that’s not always the case.

When the municipality differs from the mailing city

If an address is located within an incorporated city, the incorporate city is its municipality. However, if the address is not part of the incorporated city, that means this address does not have a municipality.

Let’s find the municipality for the following 2 examples:

  • Address 1: 620 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA 95618
  • Address 2: 1 SHIELDS AVE, Davis, CA 95616

Here is the map that shows the location of these 2 addresses.

The city for the above 2 addresses is Davis. The area highlighted in yellow is the un-incorporated area. The area highlighted in light gray is the incorporated area.

You can see the address “1 Shields Ave” falls in that yellow box. That means this address is not part of the incorporated city of Davis.

In other words, Davis is just its mailing city. It does not have a municipality. It’s physical address should be “1 Shields Ave, Yolo County, CA 95616”.

On the other hand, the address “620 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA 95618” is in the light gray box. It’s in the incorporated area, and its municipality is Davis.

How can you find the municipality by address?

Municipality is a very important determining factor for programs that involve local jurisdictions such as PACE funding programs and California sales and use tax.

The only way to find the municipality for an address is to use a geolocation service. It maps the address and finds its relationship with the municipality database to determine if it’s in an incorporated city. You can lookup municipality for any address in the US using the live demo on USgeocoder.com. Just enter the address and zip code, press the “Free Lookup” button and you will find the municipality for the input address.


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