BALTIMORE, MD (October 26, 2016) — With the full bipartisan support of the Baltimore City Council, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed Ordinance 16-092, legislation establishing a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in the city of Baltimore. Thirty-three (33) states and the District of Columbia have already passed PACE legislation. The Baltimore metro area is now the largest jurisdiction in Maryland to authorize a PACE program.
CBJ Energy played a critical role in advocating for passage of the legislation, and is pleased to see Baltimore City enact the ordinance today. “As a passionate and civically active Baltimore City resident, I am thrilled the City has taken this important step in making additional private sector capital available to property owners” said Claire Broido Johnson, President of CBJ Energy. “We are seeing strong demand for PACE financing across a variety of properties and projects. In many ways, PACE is a perfect program for Baltimore, and we are ready to get to work using the program to improve the city’s historic buildings.”
Commercial property owners in Baltimore City and County can now access the PACE program, including office, retail, and industrial facilities, hotels, healthcare facilities, non-profit organizations, manufacturing facilities, houses of worship, non-public schools, multifamily housing complexes, agricultural facilities, townhomes, and co-ops.
PACE is the best solution for financing cost-effective building retrofits and new construction of highly-efficient buildings, while furthering the use clean renewable energy across our city. Structured to address many of the reasons why building owners do not invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy for their properties, PACE enables private sector capital to fund cost-effective real estate projects without any additional government funding. In the past seven (7) years, commercial PACE programs have financed over $300mm across 800 projects across the United States.
“I am pleased that Baltimore will be adding a PACE financing program to its suite of clean energy policies,” said the legislation’s primary sponsor, Councilman Eric Costello. “PACE financing is the kind of innovative public-private partnership we need to catalyze investment in a cleaner, better Baltimore. Once Baltimore’s commercial PACE program is up and running, I will be seeking to expand the program to include single-family homes. I am confident there will be a large demand for PACE from the community once Baltimore learns about the benefits of the program.”
About CBJ Energy
CBJ Energy is a leading Mid-Atlantic PACE provider of capital, facility auditing, and project management. Headquartered in Baltimore and Arlington, CBJ Energy partners with best-in-class lenders and contractors, and manages PACE projects so building owners don’t have to. CBJ Energy has $120mm in capital for eligible projects with its Sausalito, CA-based partner CleanFund, the leading provider of long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and seismic improvements to commercial and multifamily properties across the U.S.
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President, CBJ Energy
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Photo: PACE bill being signed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake