Climate Clips: Virginia Department of Energy contracts Virginia PACE Authority to provide C-PACE services

Virginia Energy made an important step to help grow Virginia’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing program across the Commonwealth, which will lead to an increase in energy efficiency, renewable energy and resilience improvements in commercial properties.

See the full press release from the Virginia Department of Energy.

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