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CollectivePACE™ is a collaboration between CollectiveSun, a company exclusively dedicated to helping nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations fund solar projects, and Greenworks Lending from Nuveen, the leading commercial PACE capital provider. By combining solar lease financing models and state-legislated C-PACE programs, CollectivePACE helps nonprofits go solar through the monetization of tax credits and financing terms that provide positive cash flow from day one.

Designed for nonprofit solar success

Solar for nonprofits can be a challenge when an organization can’t monetize solar tax credits and benefits. CollectivePACE™ delivers this value through a 12% or more discount off the solar system price. In exchange, CollectiveSun owns and operates the system and guarantees that the nonprofit or tax-exempt organization gets top solar performance. Nonprofits are also able to leverage the ownership of their property to secure affordable long-term financing through C-PACE to cover the remaining 88% of the system’s cost.

Saving money while guaranteeing peak system performance

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  • Remaining amount financed via c-pace
  • 3rd party ownership with guaranteed system performance
  • ownership option after 6 years
  • zero cash out of pocket

CollectivePACE vs. Cash Purchase

There’s simply no comparison when it comes to the power of nonprofit solar financing with CollectivePACE

Cash Purchase
Limits use of nonprofit funds
Monetizes tax benefits of solar for nonprofit
Funding term matches system life
Cash flow positive each year of ownership
Performance guarantee included
System performance monitored
Operations and maintenance (O&M) included
Can cover non-solar property improvements


There are two agreements that are part of CollectivePACE. The first agreement is the PACE loan agreement which is entered into by you and Greenworks Lending. The second agreement is the service contract, also referred to as the Solar Power Agreement (SPA), which is entered into by you and CollectiveSun. The installation agreement is a separate agreement between CollectiveSun and the solar installer you have selected.

It is a service contract where CollectiveSun owns, operates and maintains the equipment. You receive all of the solar electricity output for no additional cost. At the end of six years, you have the option to assume ownership for no additional cost on the service contract (described in more detail below).

CollectiveSun is responsible for all aspects of operations and maintenance. In addition, if the system were to stop performing, the IRS could take back the tax benefits. CollectiveSun has a significant financial incentive to ensure proper system performance. As such, our interests are very much in alignment with yours, our nonprofit partner.

After six years, you have the option to own the system for a net cost of $0 in compliance with special IRS rules, described below. Having CollectiveSun own the system for the first six years is a benefit for you because during that time CollectiveSun is taking care of all system operations and maintenance.

If anything were to go wrong, it usually happens if the first year or two so when the system is transferred to you after six years you are receiving a fully vetted system.

CollectiveSun claims the tax benefits but all other benefits belong to you (i.e. any applicable utility rebates, state rebates, renewable energy credits, etc). Of course, all of the energy is yours to keep as well.

Yes, at the end of year six you may elect an early termination right in the service contract by notifying CollectiveSun in writing. No additional cash payment is required. If the system overproduces power during the initial 6 year period, there is no additional cost to you. On the other hand, if the system underproduces power during the initial 6 year period, (below 90% of the expected generation), a payment will be made to you. This is called the “Low Performance Compensation Amount” and is detailed in the service contract with CollectiveSun.

If you are interested in securing financing for your nonprofit solar, energy efficiency, water efficiency or seismic retrofit project, please contact us at [email protected] We will ask for an application from the owner of the property (printed and scanned), including information on the scope of the proposed project.

Our transaction manager can review the project, determine if it is eligible, and then walk you through the additional financial documents that are needed. We can then put together a binding term sheet, after which we expect to have the projected funded in 4-6 weeks.

Yes. Typical PACE loan terms are at least 20 years. At the end of year 6, if the Early Termination Right in the service contract is elected, you will own the system and PACE payments will continue according to the terms of the PACE loan with Greenworks Lending. You do not have to pay off the PACE loan early if you choose to take ownership of the system.

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