PACE Financing

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What is PACE?

Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, is a long-term financing tool for commercial property owners in Oakland County to pay for energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy upgrades.  Property owners receive 100% pre-funding for energy savings upgrades on their facilities and pay the PACE loan back through a special assessment on their property taxes.


Buildings consume 43 percent of energy in the United States and 30 percent of this consumption is wasted due to inefficiency.  However, the payback period is simply too long on many energy efficiency and renewable energy measures - so businesses continue wasting energy and money! PACE solves this problem by offering long-term financing at a fixed rate, leading to no upfront cost and immediate positive cash flow.

Benefits of PACE

  • Long-term financing up to 25 years or the useful life of the project
  • No upfront cost - 100% financing
  • Immediate positive cash flow
  • Runs with the land, transferring to subsequent owner upon sale of the property
  • Solves split incentive problem - payments can be passed easily to tenants
  • Fixed interest rate (negotiated on each deal)

Eligibility for PACE?

Qualifying properties:

  • Commercial & industrial properties: hotels, restaurants, office buildings, & more
  • Non-profit properties: churches, private schools, cooperatives, & more

Qualifying measures:

  • Energy efficiency: lighting, HVAC, & more
  • Water efficiency: low flush, low flow, gray water systems, & more
  • Renewable energy: solar, CHP, & more

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Lean & Green Michigan, a program of Levin Energy Partners, is Michigan's PACE marketplace, growing and managing one, statewide PACE program in collaboration with local governments, lenders, contractors, and property owners. Lean & Green Michigan offers PACE in twenty counties representing more than 62% of all Michiganders.  By joining Lean & Green Michigan, Oakland County is facilitating PACE financing by allowing commercial property owners to repay private lenders via a special assessment on their property tax bill.  If your business or nonprofit building spends $60,000 or more per year on utilities, it probably qualifies for PACE. 

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​Who is on the PACE Team?

A successful PACE project has to have four major players:

​How a PACE Project Actually Happens

​Whether a project starts with a Property Owner or a Property Owner + Contractor or a Property Owner + PACE Lender, it doesn't really matter.  Before a project can be finalized all four parties will be needed: 1) Property Owner, 2) PACE Contractor, 3) PACE Lender, and 4) PACE Administrator.  In Oakland County, the PACE Administrator --Levin Energy Partners-- will help bring the right players to the table along the way to make a PACE project happen.

​PACE Frequently Asked Questions