Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not underwrite commercial mortgages. Visit PACENow for more information about PACE financing and a comprehensive list of all PACE programs across the country.
The Rural Minnesota Energy Board (REMB) of Minnesota offers PACE for businesses in the member counties of the Rural Minnesota Energy Board (Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Freeborn, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Mower, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Watonwan). This program is administered by The Southwest Regional Development Commission.
Financing is applicable for Energy efficient and renewable energy retrofits of existing commercial or industrial buildings. These buildings must must be classified as Commercial or Industrial and the applicant(s) must be the legal owner of the property described in the application. The property owner must be current on all mortgages and not involved in a bankruptcy and the property cannot be an asset in a bankruptcy. Further, there must be no federal or state income liens, judgment liens, or similar involuntary liens on the property.
The property must have an Energy Audit performed by approved energy auditor that shows significant cost savings.