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What is Las Vegas C-PACE?

C-PACE is designed to help qualifying commercial, industrial, and multifamily (with five or more units) property owners access long term financing for the installation of qualifying energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects (energy improvements). Such improvements may include any construction, renovation or retrofitting of energy efficient technology, clean energy systems, or qualifying waste heat recovery technologies that are permanently fixed to qualifying commercial property.

C-PACE is a win-win program that, aside from lowering the utility expenses and increasing the value of improved properties, advances important public policy goals that include reducing energy and water costs, increasing renewable energy deployment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating local jobs.

C-PACE financing is provided by private capital providers in an open market. The financing is secured through a voluntary benefit assessment and assignable lien that is levied against the owner’s property. Repayment to the capital provider is facilitated in accordance with a standard C-PACE financing agreement between the property owner, the City, and the capital provider.

The financing term is based on the useful life of the improvements and can extend up to 25 years. The financing itself can cover up to 100 percent of a building’s project cost and often requires no money down.

C-PACE projects must be designed such that the estimated energy cost savings, over the effective useful life of the qualified energy efficiency improvements and/or renewable energy improvements, exceeds the financing amount, i.e. the savings-to-investment ratio (SIR) be greater than one. Such projects create positive cash flow for the property owner.

This combination of benefits means C-PACE property owners can make substantial upgrades to their buildings and, in most cases, the upgraded building is more valuable after a C-PACE project has been completed.

Who administers Las Vegas C-PACE?

Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, Inc. (SRS), an industry leader in C-PACE program administration services nationwide, has been selected by the City to administer the program.

What are the benefits of C-PACE financing?

While many buildings need upgrading, until C-PACE there was no good way to pay for it. C-PACE solves the financial issues associated with a building modernization project by providing 100 percent financing that is long-term, non-recourse, and affordable. Since the financing is based on the building’s financial health, and not the owner’s creditworthiness, personal guarantees are not required. Once a project is complete, the property owner has a more valuable, competitive, and sustainable property with lower utility bills and higher net operating income.

Does C-PACE use taxpayer dollars to fund projects?

No. C-PACE uses private capital to fund projects. View a list of capital providers that participate in the program.

Are C-PACE assessments considered “off balance sheet”? Is there clarity on the treatment of C-PACE as an operating expense from the perspective of the accounting industry?

Property owners are encouraged to consult their accountants on this matter.

From an accounting perspective, have any auditing firms concluded that the tax lien (which supports the financing) is not a liability of the owner or the building?

There has been no specific ruling by the Financial Accounting Standards Board on this issue.

When is the voluntary C-PACE benefit assessment recorded on the property?

Upon closing of C-PACE financing.

Is this a voluntary program?

Yes. Owners who choose not to participate remain unaffected.

How do property owners qualify for financing?

Qualifying for C-PACE financing is based on the property, and not the owner. The capital provider will look at:

  • The property’s estimated market value (assessed or appraised)
  • The amount of the owner’s equity in the property
  • The owner’s recent mortgage and property tax payment history
  • The dollar value of the proposed eligible energy improvements
How much can a property owner borrow using C-PACE financing?

C-PACE projects typically range from $50,000 to multi-million dollars. Constraints on the amount are driven by the financial health of the building and include:

  • Building financials
  • Loan-to-value percentage (<80% LTV is preferred)
  • Other considerations of the mortgage holder
What are typical C-PACE financing interest rates?

Qualified capital providers typically set interest rates based on the term of the financing. For example, 10-year-term financing may have an interest rate in the range of 5% to 5.5%; 15-year-term, 5.5% to 6%; and 20-year-term, 6% to 6.25%. Moreover, capital providers will typically set applicable closing fees to cover transaction costs, e.g. legal, underwriting, appraisal, etc.

To ensure the best possible terms, including interest rate and other fees, the property owner can review term sheets from multiple C-PACE qualified capital providers to select the best fit.

How is the length of the repayment period determined?

Repayment periods span up to 25 years, depending on the owner’s preference, and are limited by the weighted average effective useful life (EUL) of the financed improvements.

How are tax credits, rebates, and utility incentives incorporated into C-PACE financing?

Property owners are encouraged to pursue available federal investment tax credits (ITC), utility rebates, and all other available incentives. All or a portion of total incentives may be subtracted from the amount financed under the C-PACE program.

Are there fees associated with the pre-payment of a C-PACE assessment?

Each C-PACE capital provider set their own terms, including pre-payment, in its financing agreement with the property owner. It is common for C-PACE capital providers to include a pre-payment fee schedule.

Can I use any contractor?

Yes. View a list of contractors who have attended C-PACE training. Note that by providing this list, the City of Las Vegas, the City’s Program Manager, the Las Vegas C-PACE program, and its Program Administrator are not recommending or endorsing any specific contractor.

Is there an application fee for C-PACE?

No, there is no fee to apply for C-PACE financing.

How do I apply for C-PACE financing?

To apply, simply send a completed Application Form to Vegas@PACEworx.com.

What improvements are eligible for C-PACE financing?

Improvements that are eligible for C-PACE financing must be permanently affixed to the qualifying commercial or industrial property and have a useful life of 10+ years.

Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Automated building controls (BMS, EMS)
  • Boilers, chillers, and furnaces
  • Building envelope (insulation, glazing, windows, etc.)
  • Combined heat and power (CHP) systems
  • Fuel cells
  • High-efficiency lighting
  • Hot water systems
  • HVAC upgrades
  • Roof replacement that improves energy efficiency (reflective/cool roof, enhanced insulation, or combined with a solar system installation)
  • Variable speed drives on motors, pumps, and fans
  • Waste heat recovery technologies.

Renewable Energy Projects. Examples include:

  • Geothermal systems
  • Hydroelectric systems
  • Small wind systems
  • Solar photovoltaic (roof upgrade/replacement for rooftop systems is also eligible)
  • Solar thermal.

Resiliency Projects. Examples include:

  • Indoor air quality systems
  • Seismic retrofits
  • Stormwater systems that reduce on-site or off-site risk of flash flooding
  • Wind and fire resistance.

Water Efficiency Improvement Projects. Examples include:

  • Irrigation systems that improve water efficiency.
  • Water efficient fixtures (low-flow faucets, toilets, etc.).

In addition, the cost of improvements that are directly related to the installation of eligible improvements may be included in the financing, e.g. roof upgrades to support a roof-mounted solar PV installation.

This list is not all-inclusive and is expected to change over time. If a proposed improvement or expense is not on this list, contact the program administrator with a description of the improvement or expense for consideration.

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