Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
AACOG’s Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy (TX-PACE) Program
Innovative Financing Tool Helps Property Owners Cut Costs, Increase Efficiency
The AACOG Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy or TX-PACE program provides an additional tool for Alamo Area property owners to finance eligible retrofit projects. The Property Assessed Clean Energy Act (Chapter 399 of the Local Government Code) was enacted by the State of Texas in 2013, and AACOG adopted the program in 2019.
WHAT IS TX-PACE?
TX-PACE is an innovative financing program that incentivizes owners of commercial (including nonprofit, retail, healthcare and hospitality), industrial (including manufacturing and agricultural), and multifamily residential properties (with five or more dwelling units) to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for water conservation, energy-efficiency, renewable, and resilience retrofits.
- TX-PACE programs enable owners to lower their operating costs and use the savings to pay for eligible projects.
- Owners gain access to private, affordable, long-term (typically 10-20 years) financing that is not available through traditional funding avenues.
The PACE Act authorizes municipalities and counties in Texas to work with private sector lenders and property owners to finance qualified improvements using contractual assessments (similar to a sidewalk or sewer assessment) voluntarily imposed on the property by the owner. In exchange for funds provided by a private lender to pay for the improvements, the property owner voluntarily requests that the local government place an assessment secured with a senior lien on the property until the assessment is paid in full.
HOW TX-PACE WORKS
TX-PACE is a simple and effective program that allows property owners to see an immediate increase to net operating income and find investing in efficiency a business-savvy proposition. Owners choose a private sector capital provider and voluntarily request that the local government place a senior lien on the property for the total cost of the project. The owner commits to the local government that he/she will pay the TX-PACE assessment installments. TX-PACE is not a personal or business loan. It is a voluntary land secured assessment that is paid off over time. The energy and/or water savings are structured to exceed the cost of the assessment, resulting in projects that are cash flow positive. As the assessment is tied to the property, the repayment obligation transfers to the next owner if the property is sold.