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This session explored several successful models o provide capital for clean energy projects and provided a forum for Financial Allies, state and local governments looking to capitalize programs, and attendees seeking financing for projects in their buildings.
Financiers are increasingly finding market traction by selling energy efficiency as a service. Going beyond the traditional ESPC approach, new "efficiency as a service" models such as ESA's are serving a wider range of sectors and project types.
This session explores how innovative energy efficiency financing programs are able to reach low income communities for commercial, multifamily and residential sectors.
This session provided a “state of the industry” for energy efficiency finance targeted at a general audience.
This session provided an overview on the basics of green banks, a market outlook, and featured insights and lessons learned from two successful programs.
This session reviewed the basics of commercial PACE, discussed where the industry is headed, and dove into useful examples from the trenches.
This session explored considerations for seeking external financing for efficiency projects in your buildings.
This session presented findings from a scoping study addressing energy factors in commercial mortgages.
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.
Get up-to-date on energy efficiency finance products for low and middle income customers in the single- and multi-family residential market sectors. The author of a new report from the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network provided an overview of the products out there and the opportunities for consumer protections and program expansion.
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.
Learn how to develop and launch a successful residential PACE financing program that incorporates DOE best practice guidelines.
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.
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.
The Clean Energy for Low Income Accelerator (CELICA) sunsetted Summer 2018, meaning all 37 CELICA partners, 16 national partners, and DOE/National Renewable Energy Lab staff convened to reflect on the results. This was an opportunity where attendees reflected on partner accomplishments, showcased CELICA's deliverables, gathered feedback on lessons learned, and discussed next steps. Open to CELICA partners only.
Session attendees heard from states and cities utilizing solar to serve customers in innovative ways. Whether through federal programs, leveraging funds to increase access to solar, community solar, or workforce development programs, partners shared how they did it AND how they engaged stakeholders along the way. Speakers also addressed the various barriers states and cities faced and strategic approaches for solar adoption.
What is the best way to bring the money home? This workshop provided an overview of state and local programs that have successfully implemented financing programs in the residential market, including on-bill tariffs, bundled solar and efficiency programs, residential PACE, and unsecured financing mechanisms. Participants had a chance to discuss the barriers unique to the residential sector (including single family and multifamily) and how different communities can address those barriers.
State-based energy efficiency programs and legislation for school facilities enable K-12 school districts to accelerate energy efficiency upgrades and improve learning environments while saving on utility costs. Several states provide examples of state funding models that offer centralized support for financing school improvements, technical assistance, and project implementation, like the Tennessee Department of Education's Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (ESSI).
The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) convened a roundtable discussion for participants at the Better Buildings Summit to explore the use of ESPC and other financing mechanisms to improve the energy performance of state and local public buildings.