Commercial Financing Structures

PACE Model

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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy installations for residential, commercial and industrial property owners.

  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a government financing policy that classifies energy-saving upgrades as a public benefit – like a sewer, road extension, solar PV system, etc.
  • Like other public benefits, PACE projects can be 100% funded by private capital and repaid via a surcharge on the property tax bill.
  • Payback periods match equipment life (often 20+ years) this makes most projects cash flow positive from day one.


Commercial PPA Model

What is a PPA?

A power purchase agreement (PPA), or electricity power agreement, is a contract between two parties, one which generates electricity (the seller) and one which is looking to purchase electricity (the buyer).

Typical PPA terms: 10-20 year PPA with option of 5 year extension 0-3% Escalator associated with the contracted PPA rate

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PPA Value Proposition

  • No upfront capital costs – FREE Solar PV
  • Predictable energy costs/ Hedge against rising utility costs
  • No system performance operating risks
  • Projects can be cash flow positive from day one
  • Visible demonstrable environmental commitment
  • Potential to make claims about being solar powered
  • Reduction in carbon footprint
  • Potential increase in property value
  • Support local economy and job creation

Commercial Ownership Model

Why Choose Ownership?

The ownership model is the most beneficial to commercial business owners considering to implement a solar PV system. Solar allows you to save a substantial amount of money while becoming energy efficient/ independent. There are 5 key revenue streams that allow an owner to recoup their original investment in MD/DC.

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Financial Incentives

  • Federal ITC (30% Investment Tax Credit)
  • MACRS (Depreciation of system)
  • SREC’s (Solar Renewable Energy Credits)
  • Clean Electricity (Replaces what would be bought from a local utility)
  • State & Local Grants (Vary depending on system configuration & size)


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