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EcoCity Partners develops innovative public-private partnerships that create green jobs, facilitate renewable energy and energy efficiency property improvements and strengthen communities. 
We bridge the varied interests of local governments, non-profit community economic development organizations and private sector service providers. 

Consistent with our mission, we have strategic partnerships with leading providers of products and services critical to these community partnerships, including in the following categories:

  • finance
  • renewable energy
  • workforce training
  • related offerings that help facilitate "green market integrations"

 


PACE is active in Florida

EcoCity Partners administers the Florida Green Finance Authority, a partnership of local governments from across Florida formed to offer PACE financing to commercial property owners. Our programs include Florida Green Energy Works, the first commercially-focused PACE program in Florida, which finances energy efficiency, renewable energy and wind resistance improvements. 
Click here to visit our program site.

 

Latest from EcoCity Partners

Brandsmart USA and ABM To Fund $2 Million Retrofit With PACE Financing Through The Florida Green Energy Works Program

Brandsmart USA, a retailer well known for helping shoppers find deals on home appliances & electronics, was seeking a cost-effective way to upgrade its West Palm Beach store.  This time, Brandsmart is the recipient of the deal: low-cost financing for a comprehensive energy-efficiency retrofit through the Florida Green Energy Works Program. Brandsmart received $2.225 million from a private investor for the project that will include new HVAC systems, energy-efficient lighting and a new roof.  ABM, one of the largest facility management services providers in the U.S., will manage the upgrade.  It is the largest PACE (or ‘Property Assessed Clean Energy’) project on the East Coast this year and the largest ever in Florida and the broader Southeastern United States. “This is a win-win for BrandsMart USA and our valued customers," said Lary Sinewitz, Executive Vice President, BrandsMart USA. "We selected ABM to make these critical infrastructure upgrades because of their proven track record as an industry leader in the energy services business and their ability to assist us through the financing aspect of the Florida Green Energy Works Program.” “We view PACE as a critical component of our growth strategy for Florida,” said Mary-Suzanne Powell, General Manager ABM Building and Energy Solutions.  “We are proud of our partnership with BrandsMart, appreciative of the City of West Palm Beach for their foresight in supporting the Florida Green Energy Works Program and we will continue to seek ways to help Brandsmart and all of our clients improve the value of their property, increase net operating income, and energy efficiency without tapping into their own capital.” The City of West Palm Beach was one of the first cities in Florida to join a PACE Program, along with other forward-thinking cities and counties to create the Florida Green Energy Works Program.  The goal of the Program is to create jobs and increase investment in “green” projects that reduce energy use.  According to PACENow, similar programs around the U.S have funded $123 million for 335 building upgrades creating an estimated 1,680 jobs.  In Florida, project-by-project, that decision is paying off. “I want to commend Brandsmart for their leadership,” said Jeri Muoio, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach.  “Their commitment to our environment is a testament to the opportunity for our private sector partners to step forward and join us as we continue to takes steps to preserve our planet.  Bravo Brandsmart!” Florida Green Energy Works, Florida’s only “open market” PACE program, is managed by EcoCity Partners.  It currently serves 13 communities throughout the state and has been approved to operate statewide.  Cities and counties are eligible to join the Program and there is no cost for doing so.  “This project represents a major step toward fulfilling the Program goal for commercial enterprises of promoting cost-savings through higher energy-efficiency,” said David Thatcher, Chair of the Board of the Florida Green Finance Authority and sponsor of the Program.  “This is our largest commercial project to date and we look forward to many more, hopefully also expanding to include residential in the near future.”   About The Florida Green Energy Works Program The Florida Green Energy Works Program is geographically the largest PACE program in Florida, presently serving 13 communities throughout the State.  The program is operated by the Florida Green Finance Authority who levies and collects the PACE assessments and the Authority is comprised of its member local governments.  Visit the Florida Green Energy Works Program website to learn more.   About PACE PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a simple and effective way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to buildings. PACE can pay for new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, solar panels, water pumps, insulation, and more for almost any property – homes, commercial, industrial, non-profit, and agricultural. PACE funded projects make buildings more valuable and sustainable. PACE is voluntarily and it can finance up to 100% of a project's costs, and long-term payback of up to 20 years means most projects save money immediately for property owners and tenants. Read more
Published: 07/02/2015

Florida Green Energy Works Wins Legal Challenge

Last year, the Florida Green Energy Works PACE program began the process of adding residential financing to its suite of services. The Program obtained a successful court order validating the offering of up to $2.5 Billion in bond funding. Unfortunately, after this successful order was entered, a single taxpayer appealed the order, entangling the Program in one of five (5) similar PACE bond validation appeals filed against PACE administrators.On February 27, 2015, the Supreme Court of Florida dismissed this frivolous appeal, paving the way for the Florida Green Energy Works Program to reengage the numerous projects in the pipeline ready for funding and to scale statewide beginning with a variety of counties that have been closely following this litigation. In addition, the Supreme Court’s ruling opens the door to the Program’s launch of a statewide residential PACE programas well!Stay tuned for further details… Read more
Published: 03/18/2015

Escambia County Authorizes Florida Green Energy Works PACE

On March 6, 2015 the Escambia County Board of Commissioners voted to authorize the Florida Green Energy Works PACE program as part of a Multiple-Provider commercial PACE program to operate within the County.Escambia County and the City of Pensacola have been at the forefront in the development of new programs that support business and encourage sustainable re-development. Our Program team stands ready to work with development officials, businesses, local banks and funding sources to provide the financial solutions to Escambia County and Pensacola property owner! Read more
Published: 03/07/2015

City of West Palm Beach announces Green Business Challenge

Launched on September 8, 2014, the Green Business Challenge is a year-long friendly competition open to all West Palm Beach businesses and organizations. The City of West Palm Beach has partnered with ICLEI, Office Depot, and GreenPSF to host a program which will recognize the greenest businesses in the city, and connect them with free resources to save energy, water, waste, and money. Businesses are ranked based on the activities they complete as part of the Challenge. This program is free to join and recognition is provided via the Challenge website, storefront labels, as well as an award ceremony in 2015. LEARN MORE Read more
Published: 09/25/2014

Better Buildings Challenge Free Trane Seminar

AN ENERGY FUNDING PROGRAM Trane is pleased to announce the availability of grant-supported funding for energy conservation and weatherization projects. The purpose of the U.S. Department Of Energy program is to commercialize PACE financing of energy retrofit projects for small- and medium-sized commercial buildings (less than 50,000 square feet). These commercial properties may be eligible for a subsidized energy audit: Office; Hotel; Retail; Foodservice; and Healthcare. WHAT IS PACE PACE stands for “Property Assessed Clean Energy” and is a financing method for energy projects that utilizes your property tax bill for repayment. PACE is offered in partnership with your city or county through the Florida Green Finance Authority. PACE financing is available for any eligible commercial property. PACE is entirely voluntary and uses a wide range of funding sources. PACE provides a new way to finance energy conservation and weatherization improvements for up to 20 years. IS MY PROPERTY ELIGIBLE? To be eligible, the property must be commercial (not residential) and located in a participating jurisdiction. Buildings must be smaller than 50,000 square feet. Eligible locations and technologies are shown at the left of this page. The goal is to reduce energy costs by 20%. The program funds up to 100% of available equity in the property for eligible technologies. ATTEND A FREE SEMINAR Tuesday, June 10 - 8-9am Trane2884 Corporate WayMiramar, FL Wednesday, June 11 - 8:30-9:30am Trane6965 Vista Parkway NorthSuite 10West Palm Beach, FL Please register for the free seminar.   GET STARTED WITH A FREE PROPERTY EVALUATION: Click here to complete an eligibility application. Contact Trane: Steve CorsonTrane Florida Energy Services Leader561-683-1521 x 102  sdcorson@trane.com Download the program flyer Better Buildings Challenge - PACE Program Read more
Published: 05/28/2014

Project Pipeline Proves Demand For Open PACE Marketplace

FIRST COMMERCIAL PACE PROJECT FUNDED BY THE FLORIDA GREEN ENERGY WORKS PROGRAM (West Palm Beach)  The Florida Green Energy Works program has funded its first commercial deal – and it is a perfect example of how PACE or ‘Property Assessed Clean Energy’ can spark sustainable investment in our communities. The $45,000 retrofit is of a family-owned business property at 1101 North Tamarind in West Palm Beach.  The work – new HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, windows & doors – is being done by a local contractor, Fastrack MCI, with energy consulting from Wind, Water and Energy Conservation. Funding is from local bank: Grand Bank & Trust of Florida.  Together with a grant from the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), a rebate from FPL and the owner’s downpayment, the project will result in a $160,000 transformation of the entire corner of the block – and maybe the start of an economic development trend in the neighborhood. “It was important for us to make an investment and do our part to make our section a better place,” said Frank Page, the owner of E&M Wine & Spirits.  “PACE and the CRA gave us added incentive and ability to make this commitment.” The Program enables property owners to voluntarily and cost-effectively fund retrofits just like these. Interest rates are competitive because repayment is collected on the owners’ property tax bill. "We were introduced to PACE, we evaluated it and concluded this is a great new finance tool for our customers,” said Mark Ciotti, Senior Vice President at Grand Bank.  "PACE helps us meet our core mission of investing in our community.”   The Program is managed by a local company, EcoCity Partners, and is Florida’s only statewide “open market” program that lets local banks participate in funding projects.  It is expanding into its fifth county – Broward – and ramping up to serve over 10% of the Florida population. “I love this project, it is the perfect example of how PACE helps a community invest in itself,” said Penni Redford, Sustainability Manager for the City of West Palm Beach. “Local needs being funded with local dollars and creating local jobs – all in a project that makes our City more sustainable.” Owners of small and medium commercial buildings may even qualify for a free energy audit subsidized by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy offered in partnership with Trane, the University of Florida and specialty financier, Clean Fund. About EcoCity Partners, L3C andThe Florida Green Finance Program The Florida Green Energy Works Program is expanding to serve jurisdictions across 5 counties and over 2 million people, geographically the largest such program in Florida. The company recently was awarded over $1.4 million in federal awards from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Economic Development Association to demonstrate a new streamlined financing process, provide free energy audits, and to help expand the Program statewide. Florida Green Energy Works ProgramTelephone Number:  855-FL-WorksEmail Address:  info@floridagreenenergyworks.com Read more
Published: 05/08/2014

SELF and Florida Green Energy Works to Sponsor Energy Workshop

Indian River County, FL – The non-profit SELF organization is co-hosting an energy workshop with Florida Green Energy Works at 10 A.M. on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The event will be held at the North Indian River County Library, located at 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian, FL. The energy workshop will provide property owners and contractors with more information about new energy retrofit programs available for both the residential and commercial sectors in the Cities of Fellsmere and Sebastian. Beth Mitchell, Executive Director of the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce and volunteer board member with SELF, said, “We are eager to work with local property owners and contractors to advance cost-effective energy solutions that help reduce energy costs and create local jobs.” Jerry Deredita, SELF’s Clean Energy Specialist who covers Indian River County, said, “Local property owners can learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy alternatives as well as voluntary financing programs available to assist them with energy retrofit projects.” He added, “Contractors can also learn how to become approved through these programs and increase sales, co-marketing, and training opportunities.” For more information about the Energy Workshop, please call Gerald Deredita at (772) 971-8053 or visit the SELF website at www.solarenergyloanfund.org. Read more
Published: 05/06/2014

Florida Green Energy Works PACE Program Gaining Momentum

MARTIN COUNTY COMMERCIAL PROGRAM RAMPS UP With the official authorization of the Florida Green Energy Works (FGEW) program in Martin County, the program added TEN new cities to our growing list of PACE jurisdictions.  Financing is now available in the following municipalities: Stuart Hobe Sound Hutchinson Island Indiantown (part) Jensen Beach North River Shores Palm City Port Salerno Rio Port Mayaca Even the Village of Tequesta, which has properties in both Palm Beach and Martin Counties is now 100% eligible for PACE!A beautiful slice of the Treasure Coast with a thriving tourist industry, Martin County has many hotels, marinas, retail stores and office space ready to be upgraded with PACE financing. Vendors with potential PACE retrofits are encouraged to contact Sales Director Amy Elliott at (727) 744-3494 or amy@ecocitypartners.com to begin the application and project financing process. WHAT DO THEY WANT? RESIDENTIAL! WHEN DO THEY WANT IT? NOW! The decision by Broward County to authorize residential PACE financing has our ears and phones ringing! With local media like the South Florida Business Journal and  Sun Sentinel spreading the word that PACE is coming, our sales team has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of phone calls, emails and applications about PACE financing.What improvements are homeowners looking for? Initially, solar PV and hot water heaters are in demand for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy improvements, while hurricane impact windows and roof repairs are the upgrades most requested by Broward County residents.With the increase in demand, we are also seeing an increase in vendor applications. With three (3) new roofing vendors and two (2) new window and shutter contractors added in recent weeks, our vendor list is growing along with our program! Vendors Wanted The Florida Green Energy Works program may have a record high number of vendors, but we have room for more. With no application or project fees, FGEW PACE financing is a no-cost, “no-brainer” for contractors!Open to all properly licensed and insured contractors, registration is simple. Just provide the following documents to registration@flgfa.org: Vendor Registration Application A certificate of insurance describing all insurance coverages and naming Florida Green Finance Authority, c/o Special District Services, 2501A Burns Rd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Executed Contractor Agreement and/or Executed Energy Reviewer Agreement (if you have engineers, FSEC energy raters or ASHRAE-rated auditors on staff) Copies of your licenses (for licensed contractors only, not needed for consultants) FLORIDA GREEN ENERGY WORKS HITS THE ROAD With the support of a grant by the U.S Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, the program will be featured at a number of sustainability and building industry events. Our staff looks forward to signing up contractors and lining up projects at the following events:Earth Day St. Pete - April 19, 2014Hosted by St. Pete’s Downtown Partnership in Straub ParkFlorida Earth Festival - April 20, 2014Boca RatonStuart Energy Fest - April 26, 2014Hosted by the City of Stuart at Memorial ParkPower Up Energy Expo - April 28-30, 2014Hosted by  Gulf Coast Energy Network at the Pensacola Beach Hilton, Pensacola Fellsmere/Sebastian Workshop with Solar and Energy Loan Fund - May 10, 2014Hosted by Florida Green Finance Authority and Solar and Energy Loan Fund at North Indian River County LibraryE4 Business Forum - May 22, 2014Hosted by City of West Palm Beach Sustainability Office at the West Palm Beach Waterfront Lake PavilionPalm Beach County Bus Tour - June 5,  2014 Hosted by NAIOPBroward County 2nd Annual Go Solar and Renewable Energy Festival - June 6-7, 2014Hosted by Broward County at the Broward County Convention CenterFlorida Association of Counties Annual Trade Show - June 17-20, 2014Hosted by Florida Association of Counties at the Bonnet Creek Hilton, Orange CountyAnd stay tuned for additional local workshops in our partner municipalities! Read more
Published: 04/24/2014

Trane Collaborates with Florida Green Energy Works to Support Energy-Saving Improvements for Building Owners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Trane, a brand of Ingersoll RandLiz Soltoff+1 732-652-6952, Esoltoff@irco.comMelanie Boulay Becker+1 612-381-9554, Melanie.boulay-becker@irco.com West Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 27, 2014 – Building owners can obtain funding for energy saving improvements through the Florida Green Energy Works PACE Program, which is offered in collaboration with Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. The program enables qualified commercial building owners to assess their opportunity for money-saving improvements through a free building audit provided by Trane. They can also potentially access program funding to implement recommended upgrades. Trane has made an in-kind grant contribution and serves as a technical consultant for the program. EcoCity Partners secured a nearly $700,000 Better Buildings Initiative award from the U.S. Department of Energy to launch the program in collaboration with Trane, the University of Florida and specialty finance company, Clean Fund. Funding is available for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency and wind resistance improvements. “Research demonstrates that an energy efficient building environment not only reduces costs, but also provides a more comfortable and productive workplace for building occupants,” said Fernando Lagomasino, Trane Florida district general manager. Projects are eligible from among five types of commercial properties: retail, office,  lodging,  food service, and outpatient healthcare. The building must be located in a participating jurisdiction and participants currently include: Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Fellsmere, Gulfport, Lake Worth, Lantana, Mangonia Park, Martin County, West Palm Beach, Sebastian, Stuart and Tequesta.  Broward County is expected to join the program within the next several months. More information can be found at www.floridagreenenergyworks.com. The Florida Green Energy Works program will fund up to 100 percent of available equity in the property in order to facilitate the program goal of reducing property energy costs by 20 percent. Eligible technologies include: Energy Efficiency: windows, doors; insulation, roofing, lighting, refrigeration, elevators, pool pumps and heaters and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems Water efficiency: irrigation systems, restaurant equipment Renewable energy: solar photovoltaic solutions, wind turbines Wind resistance: roof deck bracing, building envelope upgrades, high impact doors and windows Building owners have until March 31, 2014, to apply for a free energy audit. More information is available at: (855) FL-WORKS or at www.floridagreenenergyworks.com. # # # About Ingersoll Rand and Trane Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.trane.com. Read more
Published: 02/28/2014

Trane Collaborates with Florida Green Energy Works to Support Energy-Saving Improvements for Building Owners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Trane, a brand of Ingersoll RandLiz Soltoff+1 732-652-6952, Esoltoff@irco.comMelanie Boulay Becker+1 612-381-9554, Melanie.boulay-becker@irco.com West Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 27, 2014 – Building owners can obtain funding for energy saving improvements through the Florida Green Energy Works PACE Program, which is offered in collaboration with Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. The program enables qualified commercial building owners to assess their opportunity for money-saving improvements through a free building audit provided by Trane. They can also potentially access program funding to implement recommended upgrades. Trane has made an in-kind grant contribution and serves as a technical consultant for the program. EcoCity Partners secured a nearly $700,000 Better Buildings Initiative award from the U.S. Department of Energy to launch the program in collaboration with Trane, the University of Florida and specialty finance company, Clean Fund. Funding is available for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency and wind resistance improvements. “Research demonstrates that an energy efficient building environment not only reduces costs, but also provides a more comfortable and productive workplace for building occupants,” said Fernando Lagomasino, Trane Florida district general manager. Projects are eligible from among five types of commercial properties: retail, office,  lodging,  food service, and outpatient healthcare. The building must be located in a participating jurisdiction and participants currently include: Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Fellsmere, Gulfport, Lake Worth, Lantana, Mangonia Park, Martin County, West Palm Beach, Sebastian, Stuart and Tequesta.  Broward County is expected to join the program within the next several months. More information can be found at www.floridagreenenergyworks.com. The Florida Green Energy Works program will fund up to 100 percent of available equity in the property in order to facilitate the program goal of reducing property energy costs by 20 percent. Eligible technologies include: Energy Efficiency: windows, doors; insulation, roofing, lighting, refrigeration, elevators, pool pumps and heaters and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems Water efficiency: irrigation systems, restaurant equipment Renewable energy: solar photovoltaic solutions, wind turbines Wind resistance: roof deck bracing, building envelope upgrades, high impact doors and windows Building owners have until March 31, 2014, to apply for a free energy audit. More information is available at: (855) FL-WORKS or at www.floridagreenenergyworks.com. # # # About Ingersoll Rand and Trane Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.trane.com. Read more
Published: 02/28/2014