GC-PACE Newsletter February 2016

PACE in Kentucky:

Three more cities pass PACE legislation

Owensboro, Greensburg, and Greenville can be added to the list of Kentucky cities that have approved the creation of PACE or EPAD districts for non-residential property owners. They join Covington, Bellevue, and Bowling Green which each approved legislation in 2015. If you would like to learn more about how a city or county can create a PACE district, please contact Chris Jones.

PACE Nationally:

A new approach to commercial building retrofits

Commercial buildings require large amounts of energy for heating, cooling, lighting, electronics, and other systems. While they present a great opportunity to reduce energy use, only two percent of efficiency investments with a positive NPV are addressed each year. An article in the Harvard Business Review examines ways that we can systematize commercial retrofits in order to reduce costs and simplify the decision making process.

Learn more

Better Buildings Challenge

Many of the nation’s leading corporations are showcasing their energy reduction efforts through the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. Learn more about the Challenge and the steps the corporations have taken to meet their energy savings goals. And for fun, take a look at the videos for the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP to see the energy teams from Whole Foods Markets and Hilton Worldwide search for energy saving opportunities in each other’s buildings.

PACE Summit

The inaugural PACENation Summit will be held in Denver from February 29 – March 2, 2016. Representatives from GC-PACE will be in attendance to learn from some of the country’s leading PACE programs. Please feel free to contact Chris Jones if there are questions you would like him to ask the presenters. Stay connected with the latest PACE developments by becoming a member of PACENation.

PACE Case Study:

California resort completes deep retrofit using PACE

The Granlibakken Resort and Conference Center in Tahoe City, built in the 1980s, needed upgrades. The owners had hopes of installing energy efficient retrofits for several of their antiquated systems. However, without a starting point and with the high cost of investment grade energy audits, they were reluctant to move forward with a comprehensive retrofit plan. Find out how the owners used PACE financing to make their project a reality.

Learn more

Contractor Spotlight:

Melink Corporation

Melink knows energy efficiency and renewable energy. For more than 20 years, Melink has provided energy-saving products and services to customers around the world. It has extensive experience developing commercial scale solar projects designed to meet the needs of each site. In addition, it also offers turnkey geothermal solutions for new construction and retrofits.

Look for details about some of the PACE financed projects that Melink is working on in future GC-PACE newsletters.

GC-PACE Calendar

Future Events

  • High Performance Public Buildings Workshop – Registration Required
    March 15 from 7:15 am – 3:30 pm
    Location: KCTCS Office, 300 North Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383

Past Events

  • OKI Solar Ready Financing and Investment Conference – February 18

If you are interested in learning more about PACE financing, please email or call Chris Jones at 513.621.4232 ext. 121.

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