Michigan passed the legislation for a Commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program in 2010. Businesses and commercial properties in participating municipalties can retrofit their buildings with renewable energy and energy efficient systems by borrowing money from a private lender and repay the loan via a special assessment on their local property tax. It has taken longer for municipalities to opt in and consequently, the state’s PACE programs didn’t really get started until 2016. According to Tommy Deavenport, Chief Operating Officer of Petros PACE Finance, Michigan’s 6th commercial PACE project has now been funded.
There are almost 400 registrants, from 35 or 36 states, all keenly aware that the US government is about to partially remove a hindrances that have kept residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (P.A.C.E.) financing from spreading throughout the nation. George Caraghiau said, “I’ve been to so many conferences in my life, but I cannot believe the excitement I am feeling at this conference.” David Gabrielson, Executive Director of PACENation, added,1People are excited about the impact this will have on job creation, climate change…” They were speaking from America’s First PACENation Summit.