New Financing Option For Industrial Property Owners

valves-495377_1920Interested in upgrading your industrial facilities with energy/water efficiency and distributed
generation technologies but lack the needed capital?

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), enables industrial site owners to obtain affordable, long-term loans covering up to 100 percent of the cost for energy efficiency, water conservation, and on site generation technologies.

PACE secures private financing for a term as long as the projected useful life of the improvements, resulting in utility cost savings that exceed the amount of the repayment. You can modernize your facility without fear of over-investment because if you sell the facility, the PACE loan repayment obligation transfers with the property to the new owner.

Typical Examples of Qualified Improvements
  • High efficiency chillers, boilers, and furnaces
  • Combustion and burner upgrades
  • Heat recovery equipment
  • Mechanical system modernization
  • Industrial energy system sensors and controls
  • Systems to capture, treat and use other on-site sources of water (condensate, rainwater, reverse osmosis reject water, etc.)
  • High efficiency lighting
  • Water conservation equipment
  • Building enclosure/envelope improvements
  • On site generation (resiliency benefits)
  • Fuel switching
  • Wastewater onsite reuse systems

Case Studies

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Cambridge Engineering, Inc., a manufacturer of energy efficiency heating and ventilation technology used PACE to upgrade its facility. A $610,500 comprehensive retrofit resulted in a 30% energy savings. Measures included:

  • Lighting
  • Air conditioning upgrade
  • Roof replacement
  • Air volume distribution systems


Five Spoke Creamery, a manufacturer of cave-aged artisan cheeses, used PACE to finance $74,685 over five years for a 53kW solar system that provides 108% of the facility’s utility requirements and resiliency.


Crankshaft Supply, a 50 year old facility that remanufacturers, builds and repairs crankshafts and cylinder heads, used $180,000 of PACE financing for a 40kW rooftop solar array that cuts it utility demand by 50%. PACE provided the funding that the company couldn’t provide internally or obtain through a traditional bank loan.

Every single company has a number of efficiency projects already in their backlog that were not able to clear the conventional ROI hurdle. The message is that the hurdle just got a lot lower, and here is the mechanism to move forward.Doug Ruring, Director of Engineering, Maintenance & Reliability, Dixie Chemical


This example compares self-funding and conventional funding with PACE financing:

  • Industrial Facility
  • Project involves a $2.5M 1.3MW CHP system
  • Annual net savings of $473,000 (5.3 yrs simple payback)
  • The project does not pass the company’s hurdle rate for investment in energy efficiency (i.e. the ROI is probably not high enough)
  • Conventional Funding for 5 years at 4.0% (20% down payment)
  • PACE funding available for 20 years at 6.0%.
  • Energy prices held constant. NPV discount rate at 8%.


Compare financing options with the financial comparison calculator.


Your Convenient Loan Assessment Can Include
  • Cost of materials and labor necessary for the installation of a qualified improvement
  • Permit fees
  • Inspection fees
  • Lender fees
  • Program application and administrative fees
  • Project development and engineering fees
  • Independent third party reviewer audit fees, including verification fees
  • Any other fees or costs that may be incurred by the property owner incidental to the installation, modification or improvement
  • Legal, consulting and other fees on an actual cost basis
  • Changes to the existing property incidental to the installation

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