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CDFA Energy & Water Finance Update - October 20, 2020

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October 20, 2020
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Renewables on Tribal Land: Addressing Equity on the Path to a Clean Energy Economy
Demand for renewable energy projects has never been greater. The latest push is for renewable energy projects with positive social impacts and benefits to marginalized communities. Indeed, some of the most significant consumers and supporters of renewable and carbon-free power are now making environmental and economic justice a central focus and condition of their use of and investments in clean energy projects.

New Alliance in Houston, TX to Promote Regional Renewable Energy Industry
Houston community leaders announced the launch of the Renewable Energy Alliance Houston (REAL Houston), with the goal of filling critical gaps in promoting, connecting, and growing Houston's energy businesses and workforce to accelerate the evolving energy transition. The "Energy Transition" requires connecting, attracting, and growing the businesses, innovators, capital providers, and workforce needed in this evolution. REAL Houston brings together voices from Houston's energy community and provides current and future industry stakeholders opportunities to connect, promote innovation, and increase the visibility of Houston's renewable energy businesses.

USDA Invests $566K for Solar Energy in Hawai‘i
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $566,000 to improve local business energy efficiency while benefiting the environment in rural Hawai'i and Western Pacific. These investments will help farmers, agricultural producers, and rural-based businesses lower energy costs by improving energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy usage.

More Issuers are Investing to Reduce Climate Risks
Wildfires on the West Coast and a seemingly unending train of hurricanes threatening the coasts along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico provided an unmistakable sense of urgency as sustainable finance leaders from around the world converged online last week for the first virtual Climate Week NYC.

Innovative Water Quality Improvement Program Pairs Conservation and Agriculture in Kennett Township, PA
Kennett Township will be the first municipality in Pennsylvania to enter into the Revolving Water Fund program, which will help them meet the regulatory mandates of the federal government and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The Revolving Water Fund is a groundbreaking conservation finance program that implements natural infrastructure on agricultural lands in order to reduce sediments in the waterways while supporting compliance objectives.

$6M C-PACE Financing for New Student Housing Project in Los Angeles, CA
A $6 million C-PACE transaction has closed for the construction of a 132-unit student housing project in Los Angeles, CA that is three blocks from the University of Southern California campus. The PACE financing makes up 15% of the capital stack and will fund multiple measures, including seismic strengthening and water conservation measures as well as associated soft costs. The project will create 2 levels of underground parking and a 6-story structure that includes an exercise room, common study and recreation areas, and a roof deck.

WIFIA: Examining Synergies with the Muni Bond Market
In theory, a WIFIA loan should always be a cheaper alternative than the market equivalent, right? In practice, things are not so straightforward. Instead of simple pro-rata substitution based on lowest rates, muni bonds and a WIFIA loan can be combined synergistically in ways that will further reduce cost and may expand structural options.

The First CDFA Charter Schools Financing Initiative Paper Is Here! Development Finance Strategies for Charter Schools
CDFA has released the first publication of the CDFA Charter Schools Financing Initiative series, funded with support from the National Alliance For Public Charter Schools. This paper demonstrates how charter schools can access development finance tools and provides real-world examples of how these tools resources have been successfully implemented across the nation.

Upcoming Events
CDFA Virtual National Summit: Financing Our COVID Recovery

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Financing Resilient Infrastructure
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 1:00 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we will analyze how to finance the built environment to mitigate disaster and protect human life.

Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse
December 9-10, 2020 - 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse examines the development finance programs that sustain a local food system and how investments in that system can drive economic development on a broader scale. Topics covered include federal, state, and local sources of capital, stakeholders involved in the financing process, and case study examples that showcase the variety of financing programs.

Energy Finance News

Oak Ridge, TN Receives $20M WIFIA Loan for Drinking Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Oct. 18 | Federal | Infrastructure Finance | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Water Finance | Water Finance | Case Studies | Drinking Water | WIFIA | Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Over $220M in Grants for America's Ports
MARAD | Oct. 17 | Federal | Infrastructure Finance | U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) | Water Finance

Virginia Water Reuse Project Awarded $225M WIFIA Loan
Water World | Oct. 16 | Infrastructure Finance | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Water Finance | Water Finance | Case Studies | Drinking Water | WIFIA | Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

Hillsboro, OR Begins Generating Renewable Energy from Underground Water Pipeline
Businesswire | Oct. 14 | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | Water Finance | Water Finance | Case Studies

Hydropower Pushes for Greater Access to Green Finance
Green Tech Media | Oct. 13 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | International

Pennsylvania American Water Expands Footprint with $17.5M Acquisition of Kane Borough Authority Wastewater System
Yahoo! Finance | Oct. 13 | Infrastructure Finance | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | Water Finance | Water Finance | Sewage & Waste

Grant Announced to Revamp Petersburg, IN Water System
14 News | Oct. 12 | U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) | Water Finance

Sabine, LA Water District Gets Money to Take Over Neighboring System
KTBS | Oct. 8 | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance | State Revolving Fund

$5.4M Deal Brings More Clean Energy to West Valley City, UT
PR Newswire | Oct. 6 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing

Raise Green Launches Platform Allowing Anyone to Become a Solar Investor or Developer
Solar Magazine | Oct. 6 | Crowdfunding | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Resiliency

Center for Strategic Policy Innovation to Launch Clean Growth Incubator
Center for Strategic Policy Innovation | Oct. 6 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Incentives | Innovation Finance

Global Green Bond Issuance Surpasses $200B So Far This Year
Reuters | Oct. 5 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Green Finance | International | Resiliency | Green Bonds | Green Bonds

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $4M to Improve Water Infrastructure in Stevenson, WA Opportunity Zone
U.S. EDA | Oct. 5 | Opportunity Zones | U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) | Water Finance | Stormwater

Coshocton, OH Considers PACE Loan Program for Property Owners
Coshocton Tribune | Oct. 1 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Local Finance Program | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Rural Development | Property Assessed Clean Energy Bonds (PACE) | Rural Energy Program

How Green Banks Can Drive Investment in Renewable Energy
Yale Climate Connections | Oct. 1 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Resiliency

EXIM Board Approves Three Energy Sector Transactions Totaling $450M to Support an Estimated 1,900 U.S. Jobs
EX-IM Bank | Oct. 1 | Energy Finance | Export Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) | Federal | International

Energy Department to Invest More Than $5M in Tribal Energy Infrastructure Deployment Projects
U.S. Department of Energy | Oct. 1 | Energy Finance | Federal | Infrastructure Finance | Tribal Finance | U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

Low-Income Households Pay More for Energy, but Efficiency Can Help
U.S. News & World Report | Sep. 30 | Energy Finance | Social Finance

UK Banks Launch Industry Standards for Financing Green Home Retrofits
Business Green | Sep. 29 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Resiliency

Greenworks Lending Receives Second S&P Green Evaluation for C-PACE Assets
PR Newswire | Sep. 21 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Property Assessed Clean Energy Bonds (PACE)

A Closer Look at Energy Retrofit Financing
Commercial Property Executive | Sep. 21 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Understanding Energy Finance | Energy Efficiency Programs

Why Energy-as-a-Service Adoption Is Growing
Commercial Property Executive | Sep. 18 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Understanding Energy Finance


Highlights from the Online Resource Database

CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE Program Capitalization
Development Finance Toolbox | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
This is the fifth webinar of the 2020 CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE Program Capitalization. Speakers included: Colin Kalvas, Associate Attorney, Bricker & Eckler LLP; Lain Gutierrez, CEO, CleanFund; Michael Linder, Loan Officer, Saint Paul Port Authority; Andrew Meyer, Senior Vice President, Petros PACE Finance; and Paul Scharfenberger, Executive Director, Colorado Clean Energy Fund.


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