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CDFA Energy Finance Update - March 5, 2024

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March 5, 2024
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New CDFA-Bricker Graydon Webinar Series: Transforming Communities with Targeted Tools
Register now for the new CDFA-Bricker Graydon Webinar Series on Transforming Communities with Targeted Tools! This event series will highlight how targeted tools - like tax increment finance (TIF), property-assessed clean energy (PACE) finance, and special assessment districts - can be used to revitalize communities by addressing specific geographic areas and difficult-to-finance sectors within a community.

Aksoylu Properties Receives C-PACE Funding for Virginia Health Facility
Aksoylu Properties has landed $8.7 million in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing for its $34.7 million English Meadows Manassas senior housing development, featuring assisted living and memory care, in the Manassas area of Prince William County, Va. This is the first C-PACE-financed transaction under Virginia's PACE Authority and Prince William County.

Register Today for the 2024 Federal Policy Conference!
Reserve your spot at the 2024 CDFA Federal Policy Conference on April 2-3, 2024, in Washington, D.C. CDFA, with sponsorship by Ice Miller LLP and Grow America, will bring together leaders from the Biden administration, Congress, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and finance agencies who will discuss a range of federal legislative and policy topics. Interact with reps from the Department of the Treasury, the Small Business Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Space is limited; act fast!

U.S. DOE Announces $366M for Rural and Remote Community Energy Security
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $366 million for 17 projects across 20 states and 30 Tribal Nations and communities to accelerate clean energy deployment in rural and remote areas across the country. This funding will support a variety of community-driven energy projects in rural and remote regions, such as building microgrids for community health centers to ensure electricity for critical life-saving equipment or constructing a new hydroelectric facility on Tribal lands to improve access to reliable, affordable energy. 

New Bill Would Rewrite PACE Loan Program to Protect Florida Consumers
A new bill in Tallahassee would set new rules to protect Florida homeowners who want to obtain clean energy home improvement loans. PACE loans – or Property Assessed Clean Energy loans – were approved by the state legislature in 2010, but a News 6 investigation exposed some of the problems homeowners are facing after they sign on the dotted line.

Colorado Tax Incentives Will Lower Cost of High-Efficiency Heating and Cooling
Governor Polis and the Colorado Energy Office announced that new Colorado Heat Pump Tax Credits are available to assist Coloradans who are installing eligible heat pump technology for space heating and cooling and water heating. The Colorado legislature established this tax credit along with several other clean energy tax credits when Governor Polis signed HB23-1272 "Tax Policy that Advances Decarbonization" sponsored by Representatives Mike Weissman and Junie Joseph and Senators Steve Fenberg and Lisa Cutter.

'Green' Fuel Facility Planned in St. Louis, MO with $7M in NMTC
The city of St. Louis has authorized up to $7 million in tax credits for a startup - Terra Environmental Holdings - to locate an industrial facility in south St. Louis. This capital will help finance the purchase, renovation, and equipment for a 27,900-square-foot industrial facility at 3600 S. First St., in the Marine Villa neighborhood.

Understanding the Full Potential of the IRA's Historic Investment in the IRS
One of the most important ways that President Biden has added real fairness to the tax code is by providing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with the resources it needs to reduce the tax gap and improve service delivery for taxpayers. A new analysis from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS that re-examines the revenue effect of the IRA funding suggests that this historic investment, if sustained beyond 2031, would yield large returns, increasing tax revenue by as much as $851 billion over the next ten years.

Baker Tilly Launches Compliance Solution for Clean Energy Tax Credits Under IRA
Baker Tilly, a leading advisory CPA firm, has unveiled a groundbreaking compliance solution designed to help clean energy projects maximize tax credits available through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) by adhering to Prevailing Wage & Apprenticeship requirements. This innovative tool aims to simplify the complex compliance landscape, offering a full suite of services to ensure organizations can fully leverage the financial benefits of the IRA's enhanced credits for clean energy initiatives.

Last Call to Apply for the 2024 Caren S. Franzini Fellowship!
The Caren S. Franzini Fellowship was created to develop and recognize outstanding women in the field of development finance for their leadership and dedication to the advancement of the industry. This 6-month fellowship program, run through the CDFA Foundation, is open to women employed by a CDFA member organization who have worked in the development finance industry for less than 10 years. Apply by Friday, March 15!

Upcoming Events
2024 CDFA Federal Policy Conference

SSBCI Learning Series - Promoting Success: Best Practices for Highlighting SSBCI Programs
March 12, 2024 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern
SSBCI is routinely heralded as the "most important small business program you've never heard of." In this session, speakers will discuss the importance of highlighting success and provide best practices for demonstrating the economic benefits of SSBCI programs.

CDFA-Bricker Graydon Webinar Series: Revitalizing Brownfields with TIFs and Special Assessments
April 9, 2024 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern
Join expert speakers to learn how communities are diversifying their capital stacks by using tax increment financing (TIF) and special assessments to reimburse brownfield-related costs incurred while redeveloping these contaminated, functionally obsolete, blighted, historic, or otherwise eligible properties.

Energy Finance News

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $2.7M Energy Community Workforce Development
U.S. Department of Energy | Feb. 22 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Legislative

Petros Supplies $27M C-PACE Loan on Chicago, IL Multifamily Development
Commercial Observer | Feb. 22 | Energy Finance | Housing Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is Building a $1B Solar Farm in Colorado
Electrek | Feb. 22 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Tribal Finance

USDA Announces $772.6M for Rural Infrastructure Projects
U.S. Department of Agriculture | Feb. 21 | Access to Capital | Development Finance Toolbox | Infrastructure Finance | Legislative | Rural Development | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) | Water Finance

Illinois Farm Bureau Tracks Potential of Future Alternative Fuel Tax Credits
Advantage News | Feb. 20 | Agriculture Finance | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

Clean Ethanol Program Receives $25M Investment from USDA
CStoreDecisions | Feb. 20 | Energy Finance | Rural Development | Tax Credits | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $1.1M to Miami-Dade County, FL for Solar
Miami's Community News | Feb. 17 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Federal | Green Finance | U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

U.S. Interior Invests $10M for Irrigation Projects, Power Utilities Serving Tribal Communities
U.S. Department of the Interior | Feb. 16 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Legislative | Rural Development | Tribal Finance

New Mexico Geothermal Bill Includes RLF for Private Entities
Think Geoenergy | Feb. 16 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs)

Virginia Announces $12.5M Available Through the Resilient Virginia RLF
Shore Daily News | Feb. 15 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Resiliency | Water Finance

Michigan Launches New Offices Helping With Transition in Auto, Energy Sectors
Michigan Office of Labor and Economic Opportunity | Feb. 14 | Energy Finance | Green Finance

U.S. DOE Announces $63M to Accelerate Electric Heat Pump Manufacturing
U.S. Department of Energy | Feb. 14 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Legislative | U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

U.S. Issues $135M in Advance EV Tax Rebates Since Jan 1, Treasury Says
Reuters | Feb. 14 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

KCAP President Ken Springer Informs Tax Credits Through Inflation Reduction Act
97.7 WMOI | Feb. 14 | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Tax Credits

Biden-Harris Administration Invests $60M to Expand Clean, Renewable Geothermal Energy
U.S. Department of Energy | Feb. 13 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Green Finance | U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

Energy Efficiency Upgrades Supported by Minnesota RLF for Energy Audits to Access Clean Energy Loans
Senator Tina Smith | Feb. 13 | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Resiliency

Monetizing IRA Clean Energy Credits for Tax-Exempt Organizations
Forvis | Feb. 12 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

Minnesota Reboots Community Solar Program With New Focus on Lower-Income Residents
Minn Post | Feb. 9 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Fix the Inflation Reduction Act's ‘Small-Molecule Penalty'
ACS Institute | Feb. 6 | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Tax Credits

Texas Co-op Launches Affordable Battery Storage Subscription Service
NRECA | Feb. 5 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits



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