Financial Services

Financial Services

Financing continues to be one of the top challenges in the marketplace for energy efficiency retrofits and renovations. In efforts to address this challenge, DOE created the Financial Ally program in the Better Buildings Challenge. Financial allies support energy efficiency 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 $8.6 billion in energy efficiency projects.

Better Buildings SWAP

Watch the cities of Atlanta and Boston as they swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of the busiest airport in the world and one of the nation's oldest libraries.

2017 Progress Report

More than 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

2017 Summit Presentations

Over 100 presentations from the 2017 Better Buildings Summit sessions are now available to download and share.

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. 
Ben Healey shares some of Connecticut Green Bank's recent achievements.
This implementation model highlights a financing mechanism developed by Metrus Energy; the company created an Efficiency Services Agreement to deploy multi-measure energy efficiency retrofits in BAE Systems facilities with no upfront costs.
This implementation model describes how Citi used an innovative third-party energy services agreement to deliver efficient electricity and cooling at its London data center, and plans to implement this model at other U.S. facilities in the future.
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.

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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.

Priorities

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