EuropACE

 

EuroPACE, a three-year project that kicked off in February 2018, will develop a scalable on-tax financing mechanism to unlock the massive potential for deployment of energy-saving and energy generation technologies. Inspired by US PACE, a successful project developed in California in 2008, EuroPACE will address fundamental challenges to energy efficiency investment:

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  1. With a market-based approach—EuroPACE will deploy private capital as upfront financing to homeowners, effectively reducing the reliance on grants and subsidies.

  2. By de-risking investment in energy efficiency—long-term repayment obligations will be tied to the property rather than its owner; as such, municipalities will serve as a conduit for repayment through a levy to be collected with property taxes.

  3. With technical assistance—homeowner decision-making will be optimized by training service contractors who are held accountable by a comprehensive consumer protection code.

  4. With aggregation and standardisation—standard underwriting requirements and project performance guidelines will enable project aggregation and the ability to issue "green bonds."