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Renovate America adding income review to PACE underwriting

Source: American Banker

Building on existing underwriting policies and consumer disclosures, Renovate America will add income review to its underwriting toolbox. Read an except from the article below:

Patrick Moore, Renovate America’s newly appointed chief lending officer, told Asset Securitization Report that borrower income data will be used in underwriting both PACE loans and an unsecured program funding through local government entities and unsecured loans to finance a wider range of home improvement projects. It will help determine approvals as well as potential loan sizes. The company has been collecting income data for its unsecured lending product, Benji, since 2016.

The move is being made in anticipation of proposed state legislation in California that would mandate “good faith” underwriting standards on PACE loans, including obtaining credit reports and “in some cases, verifying income, assets, and debt obligations,” according to Senate Bill 242.

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PACENation is hiring a Director of Membership and Events

Position: Director of Membership and Events
Location: New York
Status: Full-time; Exempt  

Position Summary
PACENation is the leading research and advocacy project of New Venture Fund, promoting Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. PACE is a simple and effective way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to buildings. PACENation promotes PACE by providing leadership, support, data and networking opportunities for the varied universe of PACE market stakeholders, that include private investors, property owners, local governments, elected officials, energy service providers, and more. You can learn more about PACENation at www.pacenation.org.

We are looking for a driven and enthusiastic individual to manage two aspects of PACENation’s business: Membership and Events. PACENation relies in part on member dues to finance its activities, and we are looking for an energetic, personable and organized individual to maintain and grow our existing Member Services Program. Candidates must be well-polished and

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PACENation Statement on Los Angeles Times’ coverage of Property Assessed Clean Energy (June 4th and 5th), by reporter Andrew Khouri

The LA Times has done a well-researched piece on the work of PACE providers and government entities to strengthen one of the most successful policy ideas to deploy energy efficiency and renewable energy into American homes — strengthening our clean energy economy and residential infrastructure – and to expand access to credit for homeowners to make home improvements.  To date, over $3.7 billion in PACE financing has helped more than 150,000 homeowners make improvements to their homes, many of whom would not have been able to do so without the option of PACE financing.  This reporting comes at a time when the federal government is moving responsibility for infrastructure modernization to the private sector, and when states and cities are looking for effective options to advance clean energy.

The reporting captures broad support for PACE, as well as why the industry is working at the company, state, and federal policy levels to safeguard homeowners from misrepresentation, and to actually remove bad actors with poor consumer protection records from the PACE marketplace.  The underlying allegations in the homeowner stories highlighted have solutions in the companies’ practices as well as pending California legislation (SB 242, carried by Sen. Nancy Skinner).  A spokesperson for Governor Jerry Brown is quoted saying “The Governor continues to support PACE as a way for Californians to play their part in responding to a rapidly changing climate,” adding that he’s “open to additional opportunities to continue improving the program.”  Even the sponsor of a bill currently opposed by PACENation in the U.S House of Representatives, Rep. Brad Sherman, says in the story he’s “certainly not hostile to the PACE program,” and that “it does an awful lot of good.”

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MikePACENation Statement on Los Angeles Times’ coverage of Property Assessed Clean Energy (June 4th and 5th), by reporter Andrew Khouri

Largest-ever PACE Transaction Closed at $40 Million

 CleanFund, Petros and Renew Financial collaborate to provide critical seismic improvements to Seton Medical Center

Seton Medical Center campus, Daily City, California (PRNewsfoto/CleanFund Commercial PACE Capit)

Seton Medical Center campus, Daily City, California

DALY CITY, CA (May 23, 2017) – Today, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Petros PACE Finance, and Renew Financial completed funding for $40 million of seismic upgrades to the Seton Medical Center, owned by Verity Health Systems, in Daly City, CA. This project is the largest PACE financing in history, quadrupling the previous record of $10 million on a single project.

Renew Financial administered the project through the CaliforniaFIRST PACE Program. CleanFund originated the transaction, bringing in PETROS and each provided $20 million to fund the critical safety improvements, which will allow the building to meet California’s mandatory Hospital Seismic Safety Act (SB 1953).

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Coalition of environmental groups urge Congress to save PACE

A coalition of supporters, organized by Brightline Defense and including Build It Green, CalSEIA, Climate Action Campaign, the Center for Sustainable Energy, Cleantech San Diego, California Energy Storage Alliance, and Vote Solar have sent a letter to congress urging action on proposed legislation that would kill PACE financing, one of America’s most effective means of financing energy-efficiency and renewable-energy property improvements.

Read an excerpt and download the letter below:

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NAR Says Benefit of Solar Panels Outweighs Extra Financing Steps

In a recent blog post, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) highlights the benefits of properties with solar panels, especially for Realtors, and encourages Realtors to learn about the options available for property transactions with PACE assessments.

PACE utilizes private capital to provide upfront financing for project costs such as the installation of solar panels or insulated windows. While every mortgage product may not be compatible with PACE, there are numerous options that are, and homeowners are encouraged to research the best solution for their needs.  With increased popularity and a little due diligence by buyers, sellers and Realtors, buying and selling a home with solar or other energy upgrades will become more and more common in our future.

Below are excerpts from the original NAR post.

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MikeNAR Says Benefit of Solar Panels Outweighs Extra Financing Steps

Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Shows Support for PACE

Read CDFA’s letter in opposition to S.838, the “PACE” Act of 2017, below:


To: Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
From: Toby Rittner, President & CEO Council of Development Finance Agencies
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43215
[email protected]

Re: Opposition to S. 838, the “PACE” Act of 2017

Senators Cotton (R-AR), Rubio (R-FL), and Boozman (R-AR) have introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate that would kill one of America’s most successful forms of financing for clean energy and energy efficiency: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). The bill, known as the PACE Act of 2017, would define PACE as a mortgage loan by making it subject to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) rules that regulate mortgage lenders. The imposition of TILA regulations on PACE would:

  • Require local governments to alter the way they collect property taxes and assessments,
  • Require local governments and contractors to become licensed as mortgage brokers,
  • Impose what could be lengthy delays in funding projects.
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MikeCouncil of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Shows Support for PACE

Statement by PACENation Executive Director David Gabrielson on Anti-PACE Legislation Being Introduced in Congress

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing empowers state and local governments to meet important public policy objectives and boost local employment at no cost to public budgets. PACE supporters are deeply concerned by the incendiary attacks leveled against this innovative and successful policy today from some on Capitol Hill.

Observers should look beyond the inflammatory rhetoric and focus on common sense and basic facts. The PACE industry has long been committed to putting the homeowner’s best interests first and is supportive of additional strong consumer protections at the federal level to safeguard homeowners making energy-efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, or hurricane protection improvements to their homes. But these protections must not dismantle the innovative model at the heart of PACE financing.

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MikeStatement by PACENation Executive Director David Gabrielson on Anti-PACE Legislation Being Introduced in Congress

Connecticut Green Bank Staff Appointed to PACENation Board of Directors, Leadership Council

EVP/CIO Bert Hunter named to PACENation board; VP Mackey Dykes to serve on Leadership Council

Rocky Hill, CT (March 27, 2017) – The Connecticut Green Bank is proud to announce that Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Bert Hunter has been named to the PACENation Board of Directors. Additionally, Vice President Commercial and Industrial Programs Mackey Dykes has been appointed to serve on the PACENation Leadership Council, an advisory committee for the organization.

PACENation is a movement of people and organizations united in their support for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. PACENation works towards a future in which PACE financing is used to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resiliency upgrades to homes and commercial buildings in every municipality across the United States. Currently, PACE programs are operating in 19 states, including Connecticut, which has a thriving Commercial PACE (C-PACE) program.

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Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank Announces Financing for First Rhode Island C-PACE Projects

Source: RI-CPACE.

Funding Provides Major Cost, Energy Savings for R.I. Business

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB) today announced that the first two Rhode Island Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (RI C-PACE) projects have received financing. RI C-PACE provides financing for clean energy projects that lead to significant cost and energy savings for commercial and industrial property owners.

Collectively, the projects will reduce annual CO2 emissions by 188.6 tons, which is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from over 452,000 miles driven by the average passenger vehicle.These first projects call for the installation of roof-mounted solar panels on two office buildings in Middletown. The properties are owned by the financial services firm, Embrace Home Loans. Combined, the projects will save the firm an estimated $226,000 in energy costs across the 20-year financing term. The total investment in the energy savings projects is $1.2 million.

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MikeRhode Island Infrastructure Bank Announces Financing for First Rhode Island C-PACE Projects