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State funds may be available for Auburn businesses to make energy efficiency improvements

The Auburn City Council will hold a public hearing at its August 11 meeting on whether to sign up for a state program that would provide money for businesses to make energy efficiency improvements.

State program provides flexible loans for energy efficiency upgrades

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 financing.

• Competitive private financing from EIC-approved capital providers

• 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)

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

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Auburn Community Hospital could use program funding for HVAC project

Mason says one business already poised to take advantage of the program is Auburn Community Hospital, which plans a $5 million dollar HVAC upgrade.

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Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.

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