Financing Tool for Yellowstone County Commercial Properties to make high efficiency upgrades

As of December 27, 2022, Yellowstone County approved Resolution 22-86 to establish a Yellowstone County CPACE Program. C-PACE stands for Commercial Property Assessed Capital Enhancement. The program provides commercial building owners with a way to finance energy and water efficiency improvements as well as renewable energy generation.

how does the program work?

A wide range of of improvements are eligible for C-PACE financing allowing it to finance up to 35% of new construction projects and 100% of retrofit projects. The program is an attractive alternative to higher-interest and shorter-term debt and allows for a building owner to put in high efficiency systems at no net cost. The C-PACE loan is repaid annually through a special payment that is collected by the county as part of the real estate tax bill for that property.

The C-PACE program is set up nicely to be be a tool that benefits many downtown properties. C-PACE is a County-wide tool so feel free to share the news and information with any Yellowstone County commercial property owner.

eligible improvements

  • High efficiency heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (“HVAC”) systems
  • Solar energy systems
  • High efficiency chillers, boilers, and furnaces
  • Heigh efficiency water heating systems
  • Energy management systems and controls
  • Distributed generation systems
  • High efficiency lighting system upgrades
  • Building enclosure and envelope improvements
  • Water conservation and wastewater recovery and reuse system
  • Combustion and burner upgrades
  • Heat recovery and steam traps
  • Water management systems and controls (“indoor and outdoor”)
  • High efficiency irrigation equipment

Background of C-PaCe in Montana

C-PACE programs gained traction in other Montana Counties in 2022 before making its way to our region. Below is a flyer with more information on CPACE as a tool to be utilized as well as the contact info for Montana Facility Finance Authority, the designated entity who manages this program. 

CPACE as a program was introduced to the Montana 67th State Legislature on Oct 21, 2020; it passed the Senate on Feb 18, 2021, it then passed the House on Apr 21, 2021 and finally signed into Law on May 10, 2021.