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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Finance Resource Center

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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a finance tool used to implement energy-efficient improvements on private property. PACE provides access to affordable capital with no upfront costs to make energy efficiency improvements to residential and commercial properties. Extended-term financing allows for the property owner to pay back the loan over time, as well as the potential to increase property values and reduce energy costs.


PACE is a broad, flexible tool that can be applied to individual properties, as well as manufacturing campuses and business districts. The PACE financing model allows for property owners to access affordable capital to make energy efficiency upgrades to their properties by allowing the local municipality to place a special assessment on the property’s tax bill. The debt is associated with the property, not the property owner, and therefore is repaid by the property owner via the assessment on the tax bill, making the costly energy efficiency upgrades affordable in the long term.


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-Understanding Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Interested in learning about this flexible energy efficiency financing tool? This section contains resources on understanding the basics of PACE.

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Legal, Policy & Regulatory ConsiderationsMembers only Login
In order for PACE programs to be successful, there are a complex set of legal requirements and financial guidelines that must be taken into consideration. These policies allow the tool to function as well as bring about financial viability for the properties involved. During this session, Caleb Bell will outline the legal and policy necessities that must be met for successful implementation of PACE. 
Understanding PACEMembers only Login
David Gabrielson will explain the basic concepts of PACE and how it is beneficial for the energy industry.
PACE Financing OptionsMembers only Login
David Rogers explores the many starting funds that can be used for capitalization options for the initial investments into a PACE district, including bonds, grants, loans and more. David also focuses on the process of issuing PACE bonds.
PACE Players and Their Roles
Andrew Meyer from Twain Financial Partners presents on PACE Players in PACE deals and their roles.
Property Assessed Clean Energy - A One-Page OverviewMembers only Login
PACENation provides a one-page overview of property assessed clean energy, explaining what is PACE, how it works, why it is popular, and how to get started using PACE.

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-Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Mortgage Lender’s Guide to C-PACE: Lender Consent
To document the C-PACE financing, most programs require mortgage holders to consent to the assessment because, like other property tax assessments, the claim for delinquent C-PACE payments is typically on par with normal property taxes.
CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: C-PACE Program Design: How Statutes, Programs, and Markets Come Together
This is the third webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: C-PACE Program Design: How Statutes, Programs, and Markets Come Together moderated by Chris Jones from Bricker & Eckler LLP. Speakers included: Clifton Kellogg with C-PACE Alliance, Josh Smith with Petros PACE Finance, LLC, Michael Yaki with CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc.
Highlighting PACE Projects in Opportunity Zones - Rachel Davis--Chris Jones--Colin-KalvasMembers only Login
Rachel Davis, Chris Jones, and Colin Kalvas from Bricker & Eckler presents on Highlighting PACE Projects in Opportunity Zones in Ohio during the Ohio Roundtable.
CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: C-PACE Transactions from Start to Finish
This is the second webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: C-PACE Transactions from Start to Finish. Speakers included: Caleb Bell with Bricker & Eckler, Jeremy Druhot with Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, Josh Hertzer with Ohio PACE, and Andrew Meyer with Twain Financial Partners.
CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Targeted Tools
This white paper is part of a series examining the potential creation of a food systems asset class which supports the market growth of local and regional food systems. This paper focuses specifically on targeted financing tools that can be used to geographically target local and regional food system developments.
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-PACE Program Analysis

CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: New Construction C-PACE ProjectsMembers only Login
This is the fourth and final webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: New Construction C-PACE Projects. Speakers included: Ethan Elser Sr with PACE Equity, Abby Johnson with Abacus Property Solutions, and Charlene Heydinger with Texas PACE AuthorityOhio PACE and the webinar was moderated by Chris Jones from Bricker & Eckler LLP.
Incorporationg PACE Into Complex Projects - Rachel Davis, Caleb Bell, Jerry Brunswick, Frances Kern Mennone, Scott RingleinMembers only Login
Rachel Davis, Caleb Bell, Jerry Brunswick, Frances Kern Mennone, and Scott Ringlein present Incorporationg PACE Into Complex Projects.
CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: PACE 101: The Basics of PACE Financing
This is the first webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE 101: The Basics of PACE Financing. Speakers included: Colin Kalvas with Bricker & Eckler, Colin Bishopp with PACENation, Dustin Reilich with Renovate America, and Andrew Zech with Greenworks Lending.
PACE Wisconsin OverviewMembers only Login
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing supports the expansion of energy efficiency, solar, water, wind power and other renewable energy installations for the benefit of commercial buildings. PACE programs capitalize reduction in energy usage by paying for property improvements through voluntary special assessments placed on property tax bills over time. Jason Stringer with PACE Wisconsin explores the latest PACE projects in Wisconsin, as well as explain the basic concepts of the tool and how it is beneficial for local governments and property owners in the state
PACE Financing in WisconsinMembers only Login
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing supports the expansion of energy efficiency, solar, water, wind power and other renewable energy installations for the benefit of commercial buildings. PACE programs capitalize reduction in energy usage by paying for property improvements through voluntary special assessments placed on property tax bills over time. Brad Elmer with Baker Tilly explores the latest PACE projects in Wisconsin, as well as explain the basic concepts of the tool and how it is beneficial for local governments and property owners in the state.
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Mortgage Lender’s Guide to C-PACE: Lender Consent
To document the C-PACE financing, most programs require mortgage holders to consent to the assessment because, like other property tax assessments, the claim for delinquent C-PACE payments is typically on par with normal property taxes.
CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: PACE 101: The Basics of PACE Financing
This is the first webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE 101: The Basics of PACE Financing. Speakers included: Colin Kalvas with Bricker & Eckler, Colin Bishopp with PACENation, Dustin Reilich with Renovate America, and Andrew Zech with Greenworks Lending.
Financing Low-Carbon Buildings and Energy Efficiency in the Green Bond MarketMembers only Login
There are substantial opportunities to leverage green bonds to finance low-carbon buildings and energy efficiency in the country. Issuance across the world shows that capital markets can be accessed to finance energy efficiency and buildings. Financing climate adaptation and resilience also presents opportunities.
C-PACE for Opportunity ZonesMembers only Login
How C-PACE can be used in Opportunity Zones featuring case studies of completed projects.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Picking Up the PACE State by StateMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, Caleb Bell with Bricker & Eckler LLP and David Gabrielson with PACENation discussed the best practices in crafting PACE enabling legislation as well as case studies of some of the most effective legislation to date.
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-Programs Map

Search the map below to find Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs by state. This specialized search is part of CDFA's State Financing Program Directory, the only online resource cataloging the development finance programs offered by state governments. Click on a state to see a sample of programs available. Login with a CDFA Member account at the top of the page to view full results.

-Case Studies

CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: New Construction C-PACE ProjectsMembers only Login
This is the fourth and final webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: New Construction C-PACE Projects. Speakers included: Ethan Elser Sr with PACE Equity, Abby Johnson with Abacus Property Solutions, and Charlene Heydinger with Texas PACE AuthorityOhio PACE and the webinar was moderated by Chris Jones from Bricker & Eckler LLP.
Incorporationg PACE Into Complex Projects - Rachel Davis, Caleb Bell, Jerry Brunswick, Frances Kern Mennone, Scott RingleinMembers only Login
Rachel Davis, Caleb Bell, Jerry Brunswick, Frances Kern Mennone, and Scott Ringlein present Incorporationg PACE Into Complex Projects.
Highlighting PACE Projects in Opportunity Zones - Rachel Davis--Chris Jones--Colin-KalvasMembers only Login
Rachel Davis, Chris Jones, and Colin Kalvas from Bricker & Eckler presents on Highlighting PACE Projects in Opportunity Zones in Ohio during the Ohio Roundtable.
CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Targeted Tools
This white paper is part of a series examining the potential creation of a food systems asset class which supports the market growth of local and regional food systems. This paper focuses specifically on targeted financing tools that can be used to geographically target local and regional food system developments.
CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: PACE 101: The Basics of PACE Financing
This is the first webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE 101: The Basics of PACE Financing. Speakers included: Colin Kalvas with Bricker & Eckler, Colin Bishopp with PACENation, Dustin Reilich with Renovate America, and Andrew Zech with Greenworks Lending.
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-Publications

Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance
The Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance 2nd Edition is the only comprehensive resource dedicated to building and utilizing the development finance toolbox. The Practitioner's Guide provides the insight and practical information needed to critically understand how economic development is financed and the tools, strategies and techniques used to build strong communities. From bonds, tax increment finance and special districts to tax credits, seed & venture capital, revolving loan funds and much more, this Guide outlines the financing tools required for succeeding in today's competitive economic development climate.
Unlocking Capital: A Handbook for Becoming a High Performing Development Finance Agency
Unlocking Capital: A Handbook for Becoming a High Performing Development Finance Agency (Handbook) serves as a companion to the Practitioner’s Guide to help illuminate the structures of development finance agencies (DFAs), essential conduits to access development finance tools. The Handbook provides an overview of DFAs and their myriad roles in various development efforts. Included in this discussion is a comprehensive look at over a dozen high-performing DFAs throughout the country. The Handbook is designed to be a starting point for local leaders to engage in the creation or acceleration of a DFA to build and utilize the development finance toolbox.
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-Training Courses

The Intro Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Finance Course will explore the process of creating, operating and maintaining a community based PACE program. This two day course will feature a comprehensive overview of PACE including program design, capital markets analysis, investor attraction, legal and regulatory considerations, market potential, operations and much more. CDFA's Intro PACE Finance Course will put your community on the path to energy independence while creating jobs and improving the environment.

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-Upcoming Events

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse
January 29-30, 2020
Daily: 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Fundamentals WebCourse is the foundation for all of CDFA’s educational offerings. This course helps attendees understand the variety of development finance tools available, from bonds, tax credits and TIF, to federal financing programs, RLFs, and access to capital lending resources.
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CDFA Federal Policy Conference
April 14-15, 2020
Washington, DC
The federal government plays a critical role in driving private and public investment in innovation, job creation, infrastructure, and community development. With the 2020 presidential election quickly approaching, development finance will be a key policy issue across the nation. The 116th Congress will also play a major role in shaping our country’s economic development policy going forward. It's up to the development finance community to focus the national discussion on smart federal policy, and CDFA is the voice of the economic development finance community on Capitol Hill. For these reasons, CDFA will host its CDFA Federal Policy Conference on April 14-15 in Washington DC.
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-Webcasts

CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: C-PACE Program Design: How Statutes, Programs, and Markets Come Together
This is the third webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: C-PACE Program Design: How Statutes, Programs, and Markets Come Together moderated by Chris Jones from Bricker & Eckler LLP. Speakers included: Clifton Kellogg with C-PACE Alliance, Josh Smith with Petros PACE Finance, LLC, Michael Yaki with CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc.
CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: C-PACE Transactions from Start to Finish
This is the second webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: C-PACE Transactions from Start to Finish. Speakers included: Caleb Bell with Bricker & Eckler, Jeremy Druhot with Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, Josh Hertzer with Ohio PACE, and Andrew Meyer with Twain Financial Partners.
CDFA – Bricker PACE Webinars: PACE 101: The Basics of PACE Financing
This is the first webinar of the CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE 101: The Basics of PACE Financing. Speakers included: Colin Kalvas with Bricker & Eckler, Colin Bishopp with PACENation, Dustin Reilich with Renovate America, and Andrew Zech with Greenworks Lending.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Picking Up the PACE State by StateMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, Caleb Bell with Bricker & Eckler LLP and David Gabrielson with PACENation discussed the best practices in crafting PACE enabling legislation as well as case studies of some of the most effective legislation to date.
Yale CEFF & CDFA Energy Finance Webinar: Accessing Creative Revenue Sources for Clean EnergyMembers only Login
The second installment of the Yale CEFF & CDFA Energy Finance Webinar Series focused on innovative state and local programs that successfully catalyzed clean energy. Speakers discussed the role of purchasing power agreements, PACE, and energy efficiency upgrades in energy projects.
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CDFA National Sponsors

  • Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • MuniCap, Inc.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • Petros PACE Finance
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Stern Brothers
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Wilmington Trust
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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