March 26, 2024

Increase from 20 to 30 percent of total eligible construction costs

Commercial property owners, construction companies and developers in Delaware will be happy to know that Energize Delaware, the administrator for Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (D-PACE,) has increased the total eligible construction costs from 20 to 30 percent.  This means more money for major energy efficiency projects.

Last year, four financing deals were closed totaling more than $27 million. In addition, there was renewed interest in future projects; however, increased borrowing costs and other factors, including the 20 percent cap, led to limited capacity.

“Through dialogue with our partners and PACE capital providers, it became clear an increase cap would help with today’s market conditions. In addition, we expect growing interest in our program providing higher energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions through efficiency and renewable energy,” said Executive Director Drew Slater.

D-PACE projects use private capital for financing and make it possible for commercial property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy projects.

The program starts with a state-level government policy that classifies clean energy upgrades as a public benefit – like a new sewer, water line or road. These upgrades can be financed with no money down and then repaid as a benefit assessment on the property tax bill over a term that matches the useful life of improvements and/or new construction infrastructure (typically at 20-30 years).

The assessment transfers on the sale of the property and can be passed through to tenants where appropriate. While facilitating sustainability efforts, the program reduces property owners’ annual costs and provides dramatically better-than-market financing for green new construction.

Energize Delaware’s mission is “To inspire sustainable energy solutions for a thriving environment and economy.”  Helping commercial property owners is one way to accomplish their mission.

Complete background information on D-PACE is available at

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