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C-PACE Funding for Energy Improvements - What You Need to Know in 2024

Updated: Jan 29

by Trevor Calton

If you're an owner or developer of commercial real estate, this is could be worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in your pocket.

I want to tell you about C-PACE Funding, an acronym for Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, and it's a relatively new nationwide program, rolling out state-by-state, that covers 100% of eligible capital improvements related to energy efficiency.

This means that if you are planning, or have already completed, any capital improvements related to solar systems, windows, HVAC led lighting, green roofs, new appliances, plumbing, elevators, and escalators, or even seismic retrofitting, then you may be able to recoup 100% of your capital invested into those projects above and beyond the 75% loan to value that you may get from refinancing your property.

What is C-PACE?

Most people don't know about C-PACE. It's legally and technically structured like a tax assessment and it's modeled after the same methods that we use to fund public roads and sidewalks and fire departments.

C-PACE is non-recourse funding, which means the capital providers have no foreclosure rights, no acceleration rights, and the payments to repay that funding are made with the property taxes. **So there isn't even a required monthly payment.**

C-PACE is fixed-rate, slightly higher than conventional debt, but much lower than typical bridge loans or mezzanine debt. It can be interest-only for the first couple of years, and then at a 20 to 25 year term, sometimes up to 30 years. It can also be transferred upon sale - so it stays with the property.

If you're a developer or an owner of commercial real estate who's done or planning any significant capital projects, then you definitely need to know more about this program. For more information on PACE/C-PACE, contact Evergreen Capital at or call 877.325.4001 learn more.

And remember, every day is Earth Day.

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Trevor T. Calton, MBA is the President of Evergreen Capital Advisors and founder of Real Estate Finance Academy. A longtime industry veteran and former Professor of Real Estate Finance, he has analyzed, acquired, or sold more than $5 billion of commercial real estate assets, financed over 500 commercial investment properties, and overseen the asset management of over 6000 units of multifamily housing.

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