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State funds for Auburn businesses to make energy efficiency improvements



Auburn, New York – On August 11, the Auburn City Council will hold a public hearing meeting on whether to sign up for a state program that would provide money for businesses to make energy efficiency improvements.

EIC Open C-PACE is a program administered by the state Energy Improvement Corporation. The program differs from traditional bank loans.

• Financing is available for up to 100% of the project cost or can be combined with other financings.

• Competitive private financing from EIC-approved capital provider

• Customizable loan terms up to the expected life of the improvement(s) (generally 20-30 years)

• Benefit assessment lien is subordinate to municipal taxes and senior to other liens (consent from mortgage holder is required)

• Automatically transfers to new owner upon sale of property

• Available for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures (Projects are qualified according to NYSERDA’s C-PACE Guidelines)

According to Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason, the first step for the city to participate in the program is to put the necessary language into the city code.