Financial Services

Financial Services

Financing continues to be one of the top challenges in the marketplace for energy retrofits and renovations. In efforts to address this challenge, DOE created the Financial Ally program in the Better Buildings Challenge. Financial allies support energy investments by making their finance products available and demonstrating their approaches through published implementation models. Since the launch of the program, financial allies have invested more than $12 billion in energy projects.

Financial Ally List

Financial Allies are actively seeking new partners to work with and can help drive energy efficiency success for commercial, multifamily, industrial, and public buildings. 

Register for the 2019 Summit

The 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is happening July 10-11 in Arlington, VA. Don't miss this opportunity to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency alongside peers.

View the Latest Top 10 Solutions

Each month, Better Buildings recaps the 10 most-viewed solutions shared by partners. Check out the most recent list of toolkits, webinars, and other resources the first week of every month! 

Featured Solutions

There are many ways to finance energy efficiency projects in buildings you own or occupy. The Navigator helps you cut through this complexity to secure financing that works for you. 
This toolkit provides an overview for building owners, operators, and occupants that may want to take advantage of CPACE financing to improve resiliency in their facilities.
Ben Healey shares some of Connecticut Green Bank's recent achievements.
In 2015, the District of Columbia Department of General Services engaged Sol Systems to develop one of the largest municipal portfolios of onsite solar energy projects in the U.S., using a power purchase agreement.
Metrus Energy deployed multi-measure energy efficiency retrofits in BAE Systems facilities with no upfront costs using an Energy Services Agreement (ESA).
The AlabamaSAVES Program acquired a participating interest in a third-party loan through its Participating Loan Program to support the redevelopment of the Mercantile National Bank Building in downtown Mobile.

Other Resources

Implementation Model

This implementation model describes how Prologis, Inc., took advantage of PACE financing to retrofit its headquarters at the historic Pier 1 building in San Francisco.

Presentations

Commercial property-assessed clean energy (CPACE) financing is a hot topic, but it is often poorly understood. This session dove into the state of the growing CPACE industry, with perspectives from both small and large financing companies.
Energy efficiency projects in small, rural, and low-income communities have often struggled to access to low-cost capital, despite representing a significant economic opportunity. This session covered new financing approaches designed to serve these communities. Panelists discussed Community Reinvestment Act lending as well as mission-driven private sector programs that use a variety of financing mechanisms to unlock access to capital.
This session explored industry trends and panelists discussed existing and emerging "as-a-service" models.
Spoiler alert: there's no shortage of capital for the right deal. So what does a good deal look like to investors and lenders? This panel covered key requirements for successful energy efficiency borrowing from the perspective of private banks and mission investors.
This session addressed key questions to ask when looking for project financing, especially if you are a building owner, executive, or other decision-maker. We covered how to select the right financing option, find and vet providers, capture incentives, and avoid common pitfalls.
This session covered the state of the efficiency financing industry in broad strokes, targeted at a general audience. Leading experts guided us through topics including trends in both new and old financing products, key policy changes affecting the industry, and the market outlook for 2018 and beyond.
The Future of Green Banks 2017 Better Buildings Summit
Green banks continue to gain popularity as a way for state and local governments to catalyze the development of the clean energy economy. This session explored recent trends in green banks, key challenges, and what this means for building owners and the market more broadly.

Solutions at a Glance

Metrus Energy will save Parrish Medical Center nearly $830,000 annually through energy and water efficiency upgrades using efficiency-as-a-service.
Metrus Energy reaches efficiency-as-a-service deal with Jack Hebrew Academy with support from Pennsylvania's Green Enegy Loan Fund.
Citi and Metrus Energy partnered on a multi-site, multi-state ESA for a fortune 100 customer.

Priorities

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