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SRS has launched a new app for renewable energy contractors who participate in the C-PACE programs. PACEworx Estimator enables contractors to model various project scenarios in real time to optimize a given project, and then create, edit, store, and share the proposal. The web-based app layers C-PACE financial assumptions with solar PV system costs and energy production—the first of its kind to do so—for a complete, transparent look at a given project.

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C-PACE + SRS = THE PATH TO SUCCESS

Working in collaboration with its government agency clients, SRS serves as the foundation for the most successful Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) programs in the country. The combination of talented agency staff, the SRS technical support services team and our powerful PACEworx™ Platform has facilitated the development of over $130 million of C-PACE projects — a level unmatched in the industry.

POWERING C-PACE INITIATIVES

Our unique PACEworx™ Platform provides consistency, quality control and transparency across the entire project life cycle – ensuring that all stakeholder underwriting requirements are met and that projects accelerate to a successful close.

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PROJECT LIFE CYCLE

To accelerate projects through each step in the life cycle,  SRS deploys a standardized training protocol that provides step-by-step instruction on the workflow of C-PACE and introduces a suite of tools, reports and support services designed to generate building owner enthusiasm for a specific project.

Click Originate, Underwrite, or Close to view key steps in the process.

ORIGINATE

SRS accelerates project origination through contractor channel initiatives.

  • Owner authorizes contractor for site visit, upon SRS pre-qualification
  • Contractor uses SRS tools to optimize project for C-PACE financing
  • SRS conducts project eligibility and savings projections technical review on behalf of agency sponsor (Government or Non-Profit)

UNDERWRITE

SRS tools & reports ensure stakeholder underwriting requirements are met.

  • Owner approves project scope and cost, post SRS technical underwriting
  • Owner, with SRS technical support, obtains mortgage holder consent
  • SRS supports owner’s “best fit” capital provider selection

CLOSE

SRS prepares Project Finance Report to facilitate finance closing.

  • Capital provider and owner execute finance agreement
  • SRS coordinates with local tax office to place PACE assessment
  • Contractor commences construction, SRS oversees project commissioning

ENERGIZING THE GATEKEEPERS.

C-PACE projects must work for all three project Gatekeepers: Contractors, who have a desire to sell comprehensive projects, Owners and Mortgage Holders — both typically skeptical of the projected energy savings. Gaining consensus requires a skilled, independent third party, with the technical and financial knowledge to deliver projects that meet, or exceed, the objectives of each Gatekeeper.

SELECT ONE

CONTRACTORS

BUILDING OWNERS

MORTGAGE HOLDERS

Contractor involvement and motivation is the most crucial element in the success of every C-PACE program, especially during the critical 2-3 year launch and growth period. SRS provides outreach, education and training, including workshops and webinars to educate and engage Contractors on the benefits of C-PACE financing. Following the workshops, our Technical Support Services (TSS) team enables contractors with a suite of tools, reports and support services to sustain momentum and accelerate C-PACE market adoption by advancing Contractor projects.

One major barrier to closing C-PACE project financings is often the Building Owners’ lack of confidence in the Contractor’s projected energy savings-based projects. To meet the underwriting requirements of skeptical building owners, our PACEworx™ Platform enables a technically sound transparent project scenario development and optimization process which allows Contractors to address all of the Building Owners’ “what if’s”— improving confidence in the project economics.

Building Owner’s seeking to take advantage of C-PACE financing need to secure the consent of the bank holding the first mortgage — although many bank officers are unfamiliar with C-PACE and may not have the necessary documentation to support such consent. To successfully facilitate the Mortgage Holder’s consent, SRS’s Mortgage Holder Consent Report includes the key financial and technical data required to assess the project’s impact on the building owner’s mortgage repayment ability and collateral value.

MOTIVATING THE NATION.

SRS provides C-PACE programs with a streamlined, standardized, technically-sound and transparent underwriting methodology that has earned the confidence of contractors, building owners, mortgage holders and capital providers around the country. This proven project underwriting methodology has facilitated the development of over $130 million of C-PACE projects nationwide – a level unmatched in the industry.

The SRS Platform is essential

for the management of an inherently data-intensive, complicated process. By standardizing the underwriting, SRS has provided capital providers with a high-degree of confidence in the project underwriting data, enabling the sale of PACE portfolios.

BRYAN GARCIA, CEO, Connecticut Green Bank
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SRS’s state-of-the-art project development tools

have brought speed and transparency to the commercial PACE underwriting process.

RICH CHIEN, GreenFinanceSF Program Manager, City and County of San Francisco

SRS was competitively selected

as the Colorado C-PACE administrator and will oversee an open, competitive lending model that makes it possible for a wide variety of capital providers to participate.

PAUL SCHARFENBERGER Director of Finance & Operations, Colorado Energy Office Chairman, New Energy Improvement District
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The SRS team has brought experience

and technical competence to our program. Working in close collaboration with our staff, SRS has built the RI C-PACE website, written the Program Guidelines, and prepared a detailed communications plan for engaging key stakeholders. As a result, RI C-PACE is positioned for a seamless launch in record time. It has been a very productive partnership.

MICHAEL BAER, Senior Advisor, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
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With SRS’s extensive success

in administering C-PACE programs nationwide, we are confident that our partnership will create a robust program locally that leverages market-based approaches to energy financing, and capitalizes on best practices throughout the country.

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LAURA NELSON, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Energy Development
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The SRS team has been a valued partner

during Arlington County’s C-PACE program development. SRS has worked thoughtfully and successfully with county staff from multiple departments, and has considered varied interests to craft an excellent program. Their extensive knowledge of the PACE industry is evident to me and to different stakeholders as we learn from their presentations and excellent answers to questions on all aspects of the PACE program. We look forward to collaborating with them to bring projects to close in 2018.

RICH DOOLEY, Community Energy Coordinator, Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy
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IN THE NEWS

State C-PACE Program Improves Resident Comfort, Boosts Cash Flow for Aurora Senior Care Facility (September 19, 2018 | Press Release)

A senior care facility in Aurora, Colorado, is investing in comprehensive facility upgrades through the Colorado C-PACE program. The project will improve energy efficiency by 34 percent. Because the utility bill savings will outweigh the C-PACE repayments, the project will result in positive cash flow for the company. read more

Providence Public Library Embarks on $1.6 Million in Energy Efficiency Renovations Through the Rhode Island C-PACE Program (September 13, 2018 | Press Release)

The Providence Public Library (PPL) has received an investment of $1.6 million in financing from Greenworks Lending to fund comprehensive energy improvements to its historic building through the Bank’s Rhode Island C-PACE program. read more

Program boosting commercial buildings’ energy efficiency making impact in Denver (September 13, 2018 | Denver Post)

The momentum seen nationally for a program designed to make commercial buildings more energy-efficient is evident in Denver, with a locally based financier announcing an ambitious new venture and a California-based company unveiling a makeover for the Petroleum Building downtown.  read more

Downtown Denver’s Petroleum Building to Make Clean Energy Upgrades Through Colorado C-PACE Program (September 12, 2018 | Press Release)

The owners of an office property in downtown Denver are replacing the building’s central HVAC chiller system with help from the Colorado C-PACE program. The state-sponsored program facilitated the long-term financing that will cover 100 percent of the project’s cost.  read more

New Retrofit Tool Helps Create Energy-efficient Restored Historic Buildings (September 4, 2018 | Revitalization.org)

In the spring of 2017, a group of out-of-state property investors purchased a historic three-story building in downtown Florence, Colorado.  read more

Colorado C-PACE Program Extends Financing Term Limit to 25 Years (August 29, 2018 | Press Release)

The Colorado C-PACE program announced today that it has extended its financing term limit to 25 years, up from 20 years.  read more

Arvada Audio Visual Business Funds Green Initiatives through Colorado C-PACE Program (August 20, 2018 | Press Release)

CEAVCO Audio Visual is investing in energy efficiency improvements at its office building through the Colorado C-PACE program. The improvements, which include a solar PV system, LED lighting, and a roof upgrade, are projected to reduce the building’s energy use by 94 percent.  read more

Denver Woodworking Business Funds Green Initiatives through Colorado C-PACE Program (August 9, 2018 | Press Release)

Unique Woodworking is investing in energy efficiency upgrades at its new manufacturing facility through the Colorado C-PACE program. The upgrades are projected to save the company more than $550,000 in energy costs over the ten-year finance term; the amount outweighs the project’s cost by more than $250,000.  read more

Greenworks Partners with Mayfly on Clean Energy Building (August 1, 2018 | Press Release)

Greenworks Lending announced today the successful closing with Mayfly Outdoors to support the construction of Mayfly’s new headquarters and manufacturing center in Montrose. This marks one of the first ground-up new construction projects in Colorado to come through the state’s C-PACE Program.  read more

Got Commercial Real Estate Clients? Don’t Miss this Emerging Opportunity (July 23, 2018 | Credit Union Business)

One of the many advantages of working for a credit union is that you’re free to make business decisions that benefit your members. If those members include commercial and industrial property owners, financing their C-PACE projects could strengthen your relationship and benefit your institution.  read more

EVENTS

September 27, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
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Denver, CO

October 2, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
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Montrose, CO

October 2, 2018

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An Introduction to Colorado C-PACE
How C-PACE can help local businesses and building owners upgrade their buildings through 100% financed energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects

Montrose, CO

October 16, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
Learn how C-PACE financing can help you to grow your business

Warwick, RI

October 16, 2018

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Rhode Island C-PACE Building Owner Forum
Learn how to tap into this voluntary, state-sponsored program to receive 100 percent, non-recourse financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects

Pascoag, RI

October 19, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
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Glenwood Springs, CO

October 23, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
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Boulder, CO

October 29, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
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Pueblo, CO

October 31, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
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Denver, CO

November 1, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
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Fort Collins, CO

November 7, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
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Salt Lake City, UT

November 14, 2018

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Contractor Workshop
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North Haven, CT

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