Miami, FL-- Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CounterpointeSRE) announced today that it has closed a $3.7 million, 20-year, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing in support of the renovation of the Victoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located two miles south of Downtown Miami.
The CounterpointeSRE financed improvements to the property consist of multiple energy-efficient upgrades to the building’s HVAC as well as a new standby emergency generator coupled to the new HVAC systems. The later effort complies with Florida’s state law mandating backup power sources in nursing homes and assisted living facilities signed into law in 2018 by Gov. Rick Scott.
“The Victoria Nursing project, which follows Counterpointe’s recent funding of $50 million in efficiency and resiliency projects for hospitals in California, demonstrates how well PACE financing can serve the healthcare community on a national level,” stated Eric J. Alini, Managing Partner of CounterpointeSRE. “Healthcare presents a unique opportunity to help our communities become more energy efficient while protecting our most vulnerable citizens, which is why we have recently expanded our financing programs to include a physician-led effort to improve the sustainability and resiliency of healthcare properties.”
The Victoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is an 8-floor skilled nursing facility that is expanding to provide 48 new beds in an upgraded and more efficient building.
“Counterpointe’s PACE program has enabled our team to engage in a project that maximizes both the energy efficiency of our facility as well as the comfort and safety of our residents,” explained Richard Stacey, CEO of Victoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. “There’s a benefit to the property owner, environment and community,” he continued.
The Winmar Group is the general contractor for the expansion with construction now under way with completion and occupancy by the end of Spring 2020.
The upgrades in energy efficient infrastructure – a core qualifying measure of PACE programs nationwide, which will place a new chiller, cooling tower, mini split heating and cooling units as well as HVAC building automation. Led by Trane, Inc.’s energy engineers, the state-of-the-art automatic HVAC controls and improved efficiency are an essential element in reducing energy demand during normal operations as well as during disaster.
Mike Moran, Executive Director of the Florida PACE Funding Agency, who advised on the project, advocates for widespread commercial use of PACE financing.
“This is a perfect example of how the Florida PACE Funding Agency program creates access to private capital for commercial businesses to make investments that ultimately benefit all of our citizens,” stated Mike Moran.
Through PACE programs, which are active in more than 20 states, the local county or municipality recognizes energy saving retrofits, renewable energy solutions and certain resiliency measures as public goods and allows for the placement of a voluntary tax assessment to pay for the permanent and fixed improvement. The assessment is funded by a private capital provider such as Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate and is repaid with long term, fixed rates through an additional line item on the property tax statement. This allows property owners to finance improvements while preserving capital and benefiting from off-balance sheet treatment. Additionally, assessments are tied to the property so they may be passed through to tenants, are non-recourse to owners and are transferable upon sale of the property.
Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CounterpointeSRE) is a leading commercial real estate finance provider specializing in sustainable infrastructure improvements through PACE financing. Counterpointe Energy Solutions together with its subsidiaries including CounterpointeSRE is engaged in implementing, funding, managing and administering PACE programs and is a program administrator in Chicago, California and Florida. For more information, visit counterpointesre.com.