Pennsylvania is the thirty-third state to adopt C-PACE legislation in the US and will benefit from the experience of these other states. Some states found that having a single set of program guidelines and a single Program Administrator for the whole states enables the completion of more projects. In a 2017 document called “Practitioners’ Advice in Program Administration for Commercial PACE Programs”, the role of the Program Administrator is to facilitate projects and streamline the financial process for counties. Specifically, the report states, “The C-PACE market benefits from statewide uniformity for efficiency and the possible development of a secondary market.”
To develop the C-PACE program in Pennsylvania, interested public sector organizations have stepped forward including:
- The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA)
- Philadelphia Energy Authority
- City of Pittsburgh Sustainability and Resilience Division
- Sustainable Energy Fund
These organizations have developed a set of Program Guidelines for the state that are available for local governments to adopt. Although the Philadelphia Energy Authority is positioned to be the Program Administrator for Philadelphia, they worked with the other stakeholders to develop the program guidelines so that they are similar to those that will be available state-wide.
To gather input on the Program Guidelines, 175+ stakeholders were invited to a series of meetings to discuss the details of C-PACE in Pennsylvania. The meetings were held in October in three locations throughout the state. Details for these meetings are available at:
- C-PACE Stakeholder Meeting Pittsburgh
- C-PACE Stakeholder Meeting Philadelphia
- C-PACE Stakeholder Meeting Harrisburg
In December 2018, Draft Program Guidelines for PA C-PACE were made available for public comment. Comments were received from many organizations and individuals ranging from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to capital providers who work in the C-PACE market across the country. The Program Guidelines were adjusted based on the comments and released for use by local governments.