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What is C-Pace?

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is an innovative finance tool that enables commercial property owners to obtain up to 100% long-term, fixed-rate financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, resiliency, water use and electric vehicle charging building improvements. The term of a C-PACE financing may be up to 20-30 years and can result in cost savings that exceed the amount of the C-PACE financing.

C-PACE financing is secured by an assessment lien and is repaid as a line item on the property tax bill. C-PACE assessments “run with the land,” therefore C-PACE is non-recourse to the borrower, and does not accelerate or become due upon the sale of the property, allowing property owners to invest in longer-term payback clean energy improvements that can generate positive cash flow and environmental benefits.



C-PACE financings cover a vast range of potential clean energy and sustainability improvements; below are some examples:



Eligible property types include both existing and newly constructed commercial and industrial buildings, and multifamily apartment buildings consisting of five or more dwelling units.



C-PACE financing preserves internal capital by replacing equity with non-recourse, fixed rate financing at a fraction of the cost. Substituting equity, preferred equity and mezzanine debt with C-PACE Financing lowers the cost of capital, which boosts cash-on-cash returns and increases IRRs.



Financing Parameters

  • C-PACE Financing Amount: minimum $100,000 up to $50+ Million.
  • Term: 5 – 30 years, depending on the expected useful life of the eligible improvements.
  • Amortization: Fully amortized over the term of the C-PACE financing.
  • Interest Rate: Fixed rate for the term of the loan. Market rates priced over a like-term treasury index.
  • C-PACE LTV: Up to 35% of property value in certain jurisdictions.
  • Eligible Improvements: See eligible improvements section above, subject to C-PACE program eligibility requirements.
  • Property Types: See Property Types here, subject to C-PACE program eligibility requirements.
  • Recourse: No personal guarantees, repayment is non-recourse.
  • Prepayment: No lockout. Prepayable at any time subject to step-down prepayment premium.
  • Lender Consent: Prior to closing, the mortgage holder(s) of record provides acknowledgement and consent to the C-PACE financing.

Project Types