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Eligible Properties 

This program is only available to commercial properties located within the City of St. Louis within the State of Missouri. This includes for-profit businesses, non-residential, tax-exempt properties such as privately-operated community centers and hospitals. The property may be a commercially-owned multifamily building with four or more dwelling units. Properties may be industrial, retail, or other. PACE can fund both new builds and renovations of existing buildings and using PACE to refinance or retroactively pay for recent projects. 

Eligible Projects

An eligible energy efficiency or renewable energy improvement project must meet these requirements: 1) PACE financing terms should not exceed the expected life of the proposed measure. 2) Measures must be permanently affixed to the real property or building, which the property owner will leave with the property upon sale or transfer of title. 3) Measures must reduce energy usage or generate renewable power for the property. If the property is vacant or underutilized at project inception, the energy savings of new equipment can be compared to the energy use of existing equipment using modeling simulations under a new building use or higher occupancy rates.

Eligible Measures

included but not limited to:

Heating & Cooling 

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Window & Doors

Roofing

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Energy Efficiency

  • New automated building and HVAC Controls 

  • Variable speed drives (VSDs) on motor fans and pumps

  • High efficiency furnaces

  • Combustion and burner upgrades

  • Building enclosure/envelope improvements 

  • Solar PV system

  • High efficiency heater

  • LED light fixtures

  • Heat recovery and steam traps 

Ineligible projects

  • Compact flourescent, screw-in lamps 

  • Plug load devices 

  • Measures that are not permanently installed and can be easily removed

  • Measures that save energy solely due to operational or behavioral changes 

  • power correction, power conditioning 

  • Any measure that does not result in energy savings or renewable energy production.

  • Any measure that cannot reexplained in terms of industry-standard engineering or scientific principles 

  • Refrigerant charge (AC/Split Systems/Heat Pumps)

Project Cost

The estimated economic benefit expected from the project during the financing period must be greater than the cost of the project. This includes the costs of energy audits. A property owner making or installing an improvement or application using PACE funding must obtain a project proposal from the contractor or project engineer that the improvement or application will achieve a savings-to-investment ratio (SIR) of greater than 1.0.  SIR = total estimated savings over term + total incentives/PACE funding amount

Eligible Property Owners

The person or persons possessing the most recent fee title or land contract vendee’s interest of an eligible property as shown by the records of the local County Register of Deeds. To be eligible to participate in the program, an eligible property owner must, at a minimum:

  1. Agree to participate in annual surveys and program evaluations, which may include access to utility bill usage information. Set the PACE encourages parties to enroll in the Better Buildings Challenge and share the buildings’ energy data through EPA Portfolio Manager.

  2. Obtain written consent of existing mortgage lenders of participation in the PACE program

  3. Certify that they (and its corporate parent if the property owner is a single-purpose entity) are solvent and that no proceedings are pending or threatened in which the property owner (or the corporate parent, as applicable) may be adjudicated as bankrupt, become the debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding, be discharged from all of the property owner’s (or corporate parent’s, as applicable) debts or obligations, be granted an extension of time to pay the property owner’s debts or be subjected to a reorganization or readjustment of the property owner’s  debts. The property owner must also certify that the property owner has not filed for or been subject to bankruptcy protection in the past three years.

  4. Be current in the payment of all obligations secured by the subject property, including property taxes, assessments and tax liens and have had no delinquencies within the past 3 years (or since taking title to the subject property if it has been less than 3 years). 

  5. Have no involuntary liens, defaults or judgments applicable to the subject property.

  6. Certify that it is not party to any litigation or administrative proceeding of any nature in which the property owner has been served, and that no such litigation or administrative proceeding is pending or threatened that, if successful, would materially adversely affect the property owner’s ability to operate its business or pay the contractual assessment when due.

Interest rates and fees

Set the PACE lenders may charge the market interest rate on PACE loans, plus applicable fees. PACE market and the particular terms of each loan should not be confused with the market rate of traditional commercial mortgage financing. Set the PACE has the following fees for PACE projects:

  1. one-time program operation fee for standard projects* of 1.25% for projects under $1,000,000 and a 1% fee for projects over $1,000,000 with a cap of $40,000. This fee will be collected as part of closing.

  2. Annual servicing fees is .01% of the annual collected amount not to exceed $1000.

  3. For each annual assessment payment provided to the Assessor of the city of St. Louis, it will assess a 0.625% fee. Additionally those assessments collected bu the City Collector of Revenue will be assessed a 1.5% fee for each annual assessment payment. These.fees are subject to adjustment by changes in state statue. Amerinat provides servicing for the assessment at $400 per assessment per year, whether collected directly by AmeriNat or by the City of St. Louis.

For questions on eligible PACE projects, contact the PACE manager at PACE@moenergy.org or 573-616-1046 

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