Commercial Properties: Save energy and improve cash flow

CaliforniaFIRST allows commercial property owners to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency improvements for their businesses and multifamily residential projects. The financing is then repaid on property taxes over the course of up to 20 years. Commercial properties include all nonresidential properties, including multifamily buildings with four or more units and industrial, retail, agricultural and office space properties.

Four Simple Steps to Efficiency

  1. Choose your projects

    Work with an energy auditor and/or licensed contractor to identify projects that are eligible for financing and that result in energy and/or water savings.

  2. Apply for financing

    The application is simple and we offer support from customer service professionals to help you throughout the process. You may select your own financing partner, or use our low-cost lender. The application doesn’t obligate you to complete the work and it doesn’t affect your credit rating.

  3. Get funding and install projects

    Once your application is approved, you will execute financing documents that will result in a lien placed on your property for the amount to be financed. At this point, you may begin installation and draw upon the funding.

  4. Make

    You will repay the financed amount as a line item on your property taxes over the course of up to 20 years. If you sell the property, the new owner will assume the property tax payments.

Call us at 844-589-7953 or apply online today.

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Competitive interest rates.

Property owners who finance efficiency projects through us often enjoy the following benefits:

  • Lower interest rate
  • Longer payback period (up to 20 years)
  • Property qualified financing not credit-card based
  • Balance can transfer to new owner upon sale
  • Financed amount won’t appear on credit report


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You Take the Lead: Choose Your Own Contractor and Financing Partner

CaliforniaFIRST allows property owners to form their own project installation team and devise an integrated financing solution that works best for their property. Property owners may work with any properly licensed contractor and any qualified financing partner.

Or, you can use our Preferred Lender, Hannon Armstrong.  We offer attractive PACE financing for CaliforniaFIRST from Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in clean energy projects. Working with our preferred lender will provide property owners with a faster, more streamlined financing process with rates and terms that are usually much better than those available elsewhere in the market.