July 9

07:30:00

Attendance is $15 for members and $20 for non- members

Scaling Up EE and RE with C-Pace

Commercial buildings in NH face many hurdles in order to stay profitable, and energy
costs can be a budget killer. C-PACE financing is an innovative model for energy
efficiency and renewable energy projects in commercial buildings. This model connects
private investment with privately owned existing commercial buildings where the loan is
paid back through a municipal tax assessment and is tied to the building, not the
building owner. Loan terms can be longer, allowing for energy savings to be greater than
loan payments, meaning that energy projects are cash positive from Day One. Enabling
legislation for this innovative financing tool has been a quiet focus of NH’s house and
senate this session. Come learn how the model works and provide some early input about
the development of a statewide C-PACE program.

About the Presenter:
Laura Richardson is Executive Director of The Jordan Institute, a non-profit focused on
energy efficiency and renewable energy in commercial buildings. She has been shepherding
the C-PACE bill, House Bill 532, through the NH Legislature this session as well as
laying the foundation for a statewide C-PACE program. She is a voting member of the EESE
Board, an intervener at the Public Utilities Commission on the CORE energy efficiency
programs administered by the NH Utilities, and has been active in the State Energy
Strategy process. Jordan launched a majority-owned for-profit subsidiary, Resilient
Buildings Group in 2013, which handles the in-the field project work such as energy
audits, building commissioning, LEED consulting and certification, and energy-centric
construction management. Prior to her recent two years at The Jordan Institute, she ran
nine stimulus-funded energy programs for the NH Office of Energy and Planning. She was
Project Director for StayWarmNH, which addressed skyrocketing energy costs in 2008 and
the concerns for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable residents. Through their business in
2007, Empowered Homes, LLC, she and her husband retrofitted a 108-year-old home as a Deep
Energy Retrofit, which received a HERS 54 score. She co-founded the New Hampshire
Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA) in 2003, a statewide non-profit organization
focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency and led that group in various roles
through 2009. She has chaired the Trustees of the Trust Fund for her town for eight
years. She has lived off-grid in a solar-powered low-energy home since 2000.

About Green Eggs and To Register:
Green Eggs is the Chapter’s monthly breakfast forum featuring a speaker and topic
relevant to green building. April’s meeting will feature networking and breakfast from
7:30 – 8:00am followed by a presentation and tour. Attendance is limited and pre-
registration with payment is suggested. Attendance is $15 for members and $20 for non-
members.