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Navigating Energy Project Finance: Innovative Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency and Resiliency in Commercial Buildings

Abstract

The last few years have seen a dramatic expansion in the number and diversity of financing solutions available to support energy efficiency and resiliency upgrades in buildings. Innovative mechanisms like property-assessed clean energy (PACE) and efficiency-as-a-service (EaaS) have come quickly onto the scene, though traditional options like loans, leases, and energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) continue to play a major role. This session will review key financing mechanisms, discuss pros and cons, and demystify the trends driving innovation in the energy project finance marketplace. Joe Indvik will present research on energy finance mechanisms completed with the Department of Energy, using the Better Buildings Financing Navigator tool as a guide.

 

Speaker

Joe Indvik
Head of Clean Energy Finance
RE Tech Advisors


Joe has 10 years of experience designing and deploying innovative clean energy financing programs as an entrepreneur, consultant, and Chief Operating Officer. Joe assists clients with the formation and scale-up of sustainability funds and other financing vehicles, as well as business operations, financial analysis, impact analysis, investment diligence and underwriting, and the development of ESG strategies in lending and equity investing. Joe leads ESG programs and reporting for major real estate lenders with more than $16B under management. Joe also leads the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Financial Allies network, a group of 47 leading financial institutions representing $3.5B/year in clean energy finance. Prior to RE Tech, Joe co-founded Sparkfund, a start-up that provides financing for commercial energy efficiency projects. Joe is a nationally recognized thought leader on energy finance and policy, having given more than 80 public talks around the country and published 8 peer-reviewed papers and white papers on the topic. Joe is active on the Board of Directors of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a non-profit dedicated to training the next generation of diverse and inclusive clean energy leaders. Joe holds a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, where he co-founded a $1M green revolving fund as a student, and is pursuing a certificate in Clean Energy Finance and Deployment from Yale University.