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Renewable Funding

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Challenge Commitment

$150

Million


Real Projects, Real Results

Commercial PACE Financing at Pier 1

BACKGROUND

Renewable Funding is a financial services, technology, and program management firm specializing in innovative approaches to financing clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The firm is committed to accelerating the development of commercial financing options, with a particular emphasis on the design, structuring and implementation of commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs. Renewable Funding’s founders developed the PACE concept and the firm has continued to innovate on the model, pioneering Open Market PACE financing for commercial buildings.

Markets Served

PACE financing can be used to finance a wide variety of energy upgrades in commercial buildings. Renewable Funding PACE programs in California can finance renewable energy, energy efficiency, or water conservation upgrades that are permanently affixed to the building. These include envelope measures, HVAC, cool roofs, photovoltaics, solar thermal, and plumbing upgrades. Because the cost of the measures is repaid through the property tax bill, PACE is generally not appropriate for public buildings but is suitable for a wide range of privately owned or non-profit buildings including commercial office, retail, industrial, or agricultural facilities.

Products and services descriptions

Renewable Funding administers PACE programs for over 140 local governments. By providing upfront capital and allowing property owners to repay on their property taxes over a 15-20 year period, the PACE model overcomes two of the biggest hurdles to widespread adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency – the high upfront cost and property owners’ uncertainty about when they might sell their property.

Renewable Funding provides PACE financing to commercial properties throughout California through San Francisco’s GreenFinanceSF and CaliforniaFIRST, a statewide program that currently serves 14 counties. Both of these programs are using the Open Market PACE model, which gives owners of commercial buildings the flexibility to choose a contractor and install a custom-tailored clean energy project on an accelerated schedule. Property owners choose the best financing option, with the investors’ repayment secured through a special tax assessment levied on the property and repaid by the owner through the property tax bill. Tax assessments attach to the property, not the owner, and can extend project paybacks for up to 20 years.

Markets Served by Renewable Funding

Building Types

  • Commercial Office
  • Industrial
  • Agricultural
  • Multi-Family
  • Non-Profit

Occupancy Type

  • Owner-Occupied
  • Leased

Types of Upgrades

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water Conservation

Financing Structures

  • Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)