C-PACE in Virginia

Program Status

Several localities across the Commonwealth have established or are currently developing C-PACE programs.

Statewide ProgramActive; launched September 2022; program administrator: Virginia PACE Authority
Albemarle CountyOrdinance passed in January 2023 to join the statewide program
Arlington CountyActive; launched in January 2018; program administrator: Sustainable Real Estate Solutions
Chesterfield CountyOrdinance passed in February 2024 to join the Statewide Program
City of AlexandriaActive; launched in September 2021; program administrator: Virginia PACE Authority
City of ChesapeakeOrdinance initially passed in February 2022; ordinance to join the Statewide Program passed in 2023
City of DanvilleOrdinance passed in January 2020
City of FredericksburgActive; launched in December 2018; program administrator: Virginia PACE Authority
City of HarrisonburgOrdinance passed in October 2023 to join the Statewide Program
City of HopewellOrdinance passed in April 2023 to join the Statewide Program
City of LynchburgOrdinance enacted; ordinance passed in December 2019
City of MartinsvilleOrdinance passed in Q1 2024 to join the Statewide Program
City of NorfolkActive; program administrator: Virginia PACE Authority
City of PetersburgOrdinance initially passed in July 2019; ordinance passed to join the Statewide Program in Dec 2023
City of RichmondOrdinance to join the Statewide Program passed in Sept 2023
City of RoanokeActive; program administrator: Virginia PACE; ordinance passed in October 2020 Authority
City of Virginia BeachOrdinance to join the Statewide Program passed in February 2023
City of Winchester Active; Ordinance to join Statewide Program passed in April 2024
Fairfax CountyActive; Ordinance to join Statewide Program passed in June 2023
Henrico CountyOrdinance passed in August 2023 to join the Statewide Program
Loudoun CountyActive; originally launched in November 2019; passed ordinance in early 2023 to join the Statewide Program
Louisa CountyActive; program administrator: Virginia PACE Authority; ordinance passed June 2021
Prince William CountyOrdinance passed April 2023 to join the Statewide Program
Rockingham CountyOrdinance passed in July 2024 to join the Statewide Program
Shenandoah CountyOrdinance passed in 2023 to join the Statewide Program
Town of DumfriesActive; launched in September 2020; program administrator: Virginia PACE Authority
Wise CountyOrdinance passed January 2022

Projects Closed

LocalityAmount FinancedDate ClosedProject Type
Arlington County$142k2021Restaurant
Prince William County$8.7MDecember 2023Senior Living Facility
City of Petersburg$2.64MDecember 2023Hotel

Enabling Legislation

C-PACE finances clean energy and resiliency renovations for commercial and multifamily buildings.

Virginia joined more than 36 states and the District of Columbia in adopting C-PACE legislation in 2009 and adopting amendments in 2015. It is up to each locality to pass a C-PACE ordinance if they would like to offer a program.

The 2020 General Assembly passed legislation allowing Virginia to offer a statewide C-PACE program. The program launched in September 2022 and is now active and open to localities wishing to participate. The Virginia PACE Authority (VPA) is administering the program for the state energy office (Virginia Energy).

The statewide program reduces the time, costs, and administrative hurdles for jurisdictions interested in offering C-PACE by eliminating the need for a locality to create its own program. For those who already offer a C-PACE program, a simple documentation upgrade is all that is needed to join the statewide program. Learn more about the statewide C-PACE program by visiting the VPA and Virginia Energy websites.

VAEEC’s Efforts

The VAEEC is committed to accelerating the implementation and utilization of C-PACE throughout Virginia. Combining efforts with other stakeholders, we are working to facilitate interest in C-PACE by building a coalition of supporters and engaging with localities. We continue to be a neutral, trusted resource on C-PACE and are actively meeting with local governments across Virginia to discuss all available options and help each locality determine which option best suits their needs.

A partnership between VA, D.C., and MD to advance C-PACE financing throughout the region

In 2017, the VAEEC joined the Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance (MAPA), which is comprised of state agencies, non-profit institutions, and private businesses working to accelerate the development and utilization of C-PACE in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. This effort promotes the collaboration among local and state governments, capital providers, C-PACE program administrators, energy service contractors, and building owners to create low-cost, standardized guidelines that will enhance financing efficiency and increase the volume of C-PACE projects. The goal is to achieve consistency and growth in C-PACE programs within the tri-state area.

Resources for Local Governments and Other Stakeholders

This is an exciting time for C-PACE in Virginia, as more and more options and resources are becoming available for localities. The VAEEC believes that having a variety of C-PACE program options is crucial to accelerating the number of and demand for C-PACE programs in Virginia. By increasing the number of options available, localities are more likely to find a program administrative model that fits their goals and needs.

GIS Maps

In 2019 the VAEEC created several maps of C-PACE eligible buildings in key localities across the Commonwealth. The maps help visualize the supply of C-PACE eligible buildings within these localities while also demonstrating the potential demand for C-PACE. For more information or to view the maps, click here.

Virginia Model Ordinance

In early 2018, the VAEEC released a Virginia model ordinance for localities to use when crafting their own program. The ordinance was commissioned following review and input from a wide variety of C-PACE experts in the lending, local government, engineering, legal, and policy fields. This document incorporates key factors that we consider to be crucial to implementing an effective C-PACE program. The VAEEC’s Virginia model ordinance can be downloaded here. An abbreviated ordinance was created by the Virginia PACE Authority (VPA) using this ordinance as their template. The VPA ordinance can be viewed here.

MAPA Implementation Toolkit

As part of its mission to accelerate the development and utilization of C-PACE in the Mid-Atlantic region, MAPA has created program implementation guidance. The toolkit is a resource for stakeholders, including but not limited to local governments, program administrators, building owners, contractors, capital providers, and local lenders, providing best practices specific to this region. For localities, the provided guidance and resources streamline efforts to develop and launch a C-PACE program. The regional toolkit can be viewed on the MAPA website.

RFP Template

An RFP template has been created for localities to use when crafting a Request for Proposals for Program Administrator services.

Cooperative Procurement

Under Virginia law, localities can rely on another locality’s procurement process, so long as the prior locality’s ordinance specifically allows other localities to do so, which eliminates the need for a locality to go through their own RFP process to hire a third-party administrator. Some early adopters of C-PACE have added this provision to their ordinances.

Letter of Support Templates

Over the past few years, the VAEEC has seen how constituent support and outreach play a critical role in getting localities to move forward with developing a program. If you are interested in C-PACE and would like to contact your local government officials to urge them to launch a program, the VAEEC has created template letters to help you craft your message.

U.S. Department of Energy’s C-PACE Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Energy’s State & Local Solutions Center created a C-PACE toolkit, a four-part compilation of resources to navigate the barriers and benefits from C-PACE. This resource includes best practices and innovative approaches, how to implement a program and generate project uptake, and using C-PACE to support underserved communities or advance resilience objectives.

C-PACE 101

C-PACE is an innovative way to finance clean energy and resiliency projects on commercial, multifamily, and nonprofit buildings (excluding multifamily properties with less than five dwellings). The loans are designed to be long-term (up to 20+ years) secured by a lien that has a priority status equal to a tax assessment, thus senior to a mortgage lien. By setting up a C-PACE program, a locality can enable private sector loans for 100% of total project costs by placing a special assessment lien on the property that the owner repays over time as part of his/her tax or utility bill.

To learn more about C-PACE, check out the Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance’s resources page for fact sheets, FAQs, case studies, and more.

Additional resources

View our C-PACE recommendations in our report: Why Energy Efficiency is a Smart Investment for Virginia

Read our letter to the City of Richmond’s City Council regarding their C-PACE ordinance here.

December 2019 Webinar: The Evolution of C-PACE in the Mid-Atlantic

September 2018 Webinar: C-PACE in Virginia- Resources Available to Localities

September 2017 Webinar: Commercial PACE Financing in Virginia

October 2016 Webinar: PACE in Virginia

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