PACE Energy Financing at the Community Center

CBI Middletown has for several years operated the Robert Sonny Hill Community Center. Under our operating contract with CBI, the City maintains responsibility for any maintenance to the building that costs more than $2,500. Over the last few years, there have been increasing maintenance issues and costs involving the roofing and lighting in the building.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing mechanism that enables low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects. PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on the property’s regular tax bill, and is processed the same way as other local public benefit assessments (sidewalks, sewers) have been for decades.  For existing businesses with limited capital, this provides a low annual cost method to replace obsolete or nonfunctioning equipment or to perform energy upgrades in a sustainable way for the company.  For prospective or new businesses, the program offers financing of energy producing portions of the new project and helps developers and businesses stack the financing for the project in a favorable way to make the project viable or to make it more profitable.

By utilizing PACE financing on a public building, we not only improve the energy efficiency and operation of the Community Center, but also the Economic Development Department will have a facility to use as a showcase of the program, the process to utilize PACE, and to visually demonstrate its benefits.

City Council recently approved PACE financing for the Community Center project to include:

  1. Convert interior and exterior lighting to LED Lighting: convert remaining interior and exterior lighting to LED bulbs and fixtures
  2. Update HVAC Controls: Install low-voltage programmable thermostats to allow night and weekend setback temperatures for the four furnace/AC units as well as new thermostat to control electric resistance baseboard heating
  3. Parking Lot LED Lighting: Install 8 new LED parking lot lights with new poles (2 to East Lot, 4 in West Lot, 2 over entry drive)
  4. Fix entry Roof Drain: Correct drainage problem from roof to facilitate storm flow away from the roof to landscaping or storm drain
  5. Roofing Renovations: Separated out into three sections. Removes existing roof system, leave insulation in place, new hardboard over insulation, new roof system, edge metals where needed, replace damaged gutters and downspouts, reuse gravel ballast, new insulation and TPO roof over metal roof section

In addition, the project has allowed us to form a partnership in financing between the Warren County Port Authority and the Butler County Port Authority. As we sit in both counties, having the Port Authorities working together creates a future benefit to Middletown in developing and financing projects in both counties.

If you are down at the Community Center in coming months, you should see a vast difference in the lighting and safety around the facility, and you’ll see the new roof going on. A win for the Community Center. Better energy efficiency for the building. A showcase project for Economic Development. Regional partnerships.

They all work in making Middletown a better place to live, work and play.

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