DC Green Bank, a Washington, D.C.-based program that promotes sustainable infrastructure, has launched a loan program that supports energy-saving work within the District.
The new program, Navigator, provides pre-development loans for community-based nonprofit organization buildings, commercial buildings, and multifamily or mixed-use properties with five or more residential units. The loans cover sustainable energy-saving projects such as bidding work, design, energy audits and benchmarking, engineering environmental-based planning meetings and other design costs.
“Through our engagement with District residents, contractors, developers, property owners, engineers and beyond, we have identified pre-development loans as a crucial missing piece in the city’s clean energy puzzle,” DC Green Bank CEO Eli Hopson said via a statement.
Navigator loans are available for $10,000 to $250,000, although higher amounts might be considered based on project complexity, as determined on a case-by-case basis. The loans are geared in part toward affordable housing development. Property owners are required to cover 25% of the project costs. DC Green Bank provides financing for 75%, which is given in one balloon payment at project financing.
The loans are a stepping stone for building owners seeking to decrease their environmental footprint, save money and meet the District’s Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS). Under the BEPS, the District is aiming to reduce emissions by 50% by 2032, and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.