Starting a C-PACE Program: What You Need to Know

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the first in a series of three webinars designed to provide governors’ advisors with information and best practices surrounding the development of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) programs.

This webinar focused on the various decisions states need to consider when establishing or reforming a commercial PACE program. Speakers discussed the basics of C-PACE, the process behind passing a prescriptive, yet flexible, enabling statute (and what regulatory language should be prescriptive vs. broadly-worded), goals a state should consider when creating a C-PACE program and how to incorporate those goals into the statute itself. The webinar addressed questions about the differences and similarities of commercial and residential PACE programs and the relationship of the two efforts.

As part of NGA Center’s clean energy finance efforts, this webinar series builds upon an earlier Experts Roundtable that brought thought leaders in the C-PACE arena together to discuss the latest developments in C-PACE programs and administration. The presentations for that roundtable can be found here. Follow-up webinars will focus on the building blocks of a successful C-PACE program and different methods to finance such programs.


  • Sam Cramer, policy analyst, Environment, Energy and Transportation Division, NGA Center


Meeting Materials