The Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance is a partnership between stakeholders in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia to accelerate the implementation of Commercial PACE programs and projects in the region.
Supported by the US Department of Energy, The Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance is a collaboration between the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME), the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), and other industry and non-for-profit partners.
Our goal is to be a comprehensive resource on all things Commercial PACE for local governments, property owners, energy contractors, and capital providers working in the DMV region.
What is C-PACE?
Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is a financing mechanism for owners of commercial property to fund energy-related property improvements with no upfront costs.
C-PACE programs are enabled by local governments, who collect C-PACE repayments through annual property taxes.
C-PACE offers 100% financing for qualifying clean energy and water conservation projects with no upfront costs.
C-PACE can improve a property's cash flow from day one. Improvements also increase a property's comfort, quality, and market value.
C-PACE assessments have an advantage over conventional financing because they are attached to the property, rather than the building owner and are transferrable upon sale.
C-PACE has been enabled in 36 U.S. states, including Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC!
C-PACE is market-based. Private capital providers work with C-PACE programs to provide upfront financing to property owners.
C-PACE contributes to economic development, local job creation, and improved public health.
Who can use C-PACE?
What projects are eligible for C-PACE?
Solar energy equipment
Water conservation & hot water systems
High-efficiency boilers and furnaces, heating ventilation
Building energy management and controls
Building envelope improvements
Cogeneration, energy storage, and more!
Where is PACE in the Mid-Atlantic?
Virginia passed PACE-enabling legislation in 2015, and momentum for C-PACE has grown steadily: in late 2018 and early 2019, several localities enacted ordinances, enabling them to establish a C-PACE program.
Virginia stakeholders continue to educate elected leaders on the important economic development benefits of C-PACE in their communities.
The Cities of Petersburg, Lynchburg, Richmond and Norfolk have adopted C-PACE ordinances and are considering program development options.
Jurisdictions with active C-PACE programs:
In just a few short years, 18 jurisdictions in Maryland have enabled C-PACE programs. Of these, 16 have opted in to the MD-PACE program, a statewide program offered by the Maryland Clean Energy Center and PACE Financial Servicing. Montgomery County and Prince George’s County operate their own C-PACE programs, Montgomery County in partnership with PACE Financial Servicing.*
Counties & jurisdictions with C-PACE Programs:
DC PACE Commercial is a partnership between the District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), and Urban Ingenuity, a firm with extensive expertise in innovative finance solutions for commercial property owners.
DC PACE Commercial has experience in securing C-PACE financing for small businesses, multifamily affordable housing properties, and nonprofit community organizations.
The Montgomery County and Prince George's County C-PACE programs are not affiliated with MAPA.