On January 18, 2019, Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) closed the window for comments on the draft Guidelines for the Pennsylvania Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE). In June 2018, Governor Wolf signed SB 234 into law, making Pennsylvania the 33rd state to enable C-PACE. The legislation, which passed both chambers of the legislature by wide bipartisan majorities, allows county governments to establish a local program to facilitate private financing of clean energy and energy efficiency projects for commercial properties.
SEF worked with the Philadelphia Energy Authority, Keystone Energy Efficiency Network and the Pittsburgh Office of Sustainability to develop a set of Program Guidelines that local governments could use for C-PACE. The guidelines are being developed through an extensive stakeholder process including four stakeholder meetings with national experts, Pennsylvania stakeholders, local government associations and state agencies; and a public comment period from December 21, 2018 through January 18, 2019. Over 25 people and organizations provided in-depth evaluation of the Guidelines.
All of the comments on the C-PACE Guidelines are being reviewed and considered. The final Program Guidelines will be made available as a template for local governments in February 2019 at www.pennsylvaniacpace.org. The Guidelines are part of what SEF is calling “C-PACE in a Box”, which will have all of the documents and tools a local government will need to establish C-PACE.