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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Last DSIRE Review: 08/27/2014
Program Overview:
State: Virginia
Incentive Type: PACE Financing
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Locally determined by ordinance
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Locally determined by ordinance
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Construction, Institutional
Terms:Locally determined
Start Date:07/01/2010
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Va. Code ยง 15.2-958.3
3/30/2009
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
S.B. 110
03/11/2010
07/01/2010
Summary:

Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not underwrite commercial mortgages. Visit PACENow for more information about PACE financing, and for a comprehensive list of all PACE programs across the country.


Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing effectively allows property owners to borrow money to pay for energy improvements. The amount borrowed is typically repaid via a special assessment on the property over a period of years. Virginia has authorized certain local governments to establish such programs, as described below. (Not all local governments in Virginia offer PACE financing; contact your local government to find out if it has established a PACE financing program.)

Virginia passed legislation in 2009 authorizing local governments to establish a loan program to provide financing for clean energy improvements to property owners via local ordinance. Governments that opt to establish a program must hold a public hearing to solicit feedback on the draft ordinance/plan. Within the final ordinance, local governments must specify which "clean energy improvements" would be covered, they must determine funding sources, establish interest rates and loan terms. Local governments are authorized to include the participation of private lenders. In addition, within the ordinance, the local government must determine the method for collecting the loan repayment, either via water or sewer bills, real property tax assessments, or other billing method. Legislation passed in 2010 (SB 110) clarifying that the locality is authorized to place a lien on the property for the amount of the loan and that a locality may bundle loans and transfer them to a private financial institution, without impacting the lien.

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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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