Capital Stack supported by NMTC and PACE

Case discussion: Amped Kitchens | C-PACE Financing | $4.6 Million | Chicago IL

Project Details

The owner/developers of this property sought to open a Chicago-based version of their successful Los Angeles business model in an underserved Westside Chicago neighborhood. The new Chicago location represents an almost $30 million investment to convert a former Zenith television factory into a 113,000 square-foot facility with 64 kitchens for leasing to food manufacturers and entrepreneurs. 

  • $4.6 million of C-PACE funding was secured with the consent of a consortium of New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) program
  • Investors included: Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Southside Community Redevelopment Enterprise, FirstPathway Partners, Consortium America, Chicago Community Loan Fund, Blue Hub Capital and PNC Bank
  • Energy efficiency elements of the buildout (HVAC, ventilation, and LED lighting) supported by PACE financing will yield an estimated 201,808kWh savings per year

How C-PACE works

C-PACE programs are public-private partnerships that foster the adoption of energy efficiency, renewable energy and resiliency improvements by commercial properties by helping ‘green’ and resilient infrastructure investments make economic sense.

  • property owners gain access to private capital to reduce operational expenses and manage their capital stack effectively
  • communities are able to provide an incentive for carbon reduction, public safety, and economic development at zero cost to taxpayers
  • building tenants and occupants can benefit from reduced utility costs, increased building performance, and operational resiliency
  • state and local legislators can address specific social objectives such as carbon emission reduction goals


The financed efficiencies not only keep our capital costs down, they keep our energy costs down long term as well.  This allows us to better support the entrepreneurs and food manufacturers that bring their businesses to Amped Kitchens.

Mott Smith

CEO & Co Founder, Amped Kitchens

C-PACE program details

PACE Eligible Improvements

From roofing and building envelope to HVAC and lighting on the efficiency side to renewable energy, water conservation and resiliency to storm, flood and seismic events, PACE financing covers endless improvements to new and existing properties.

Retroactive PACE

PACE financing can be applied to completed projects to recapitalize energy efficiency, renewable and resiliency investments. Refinance is important in newer PACE markets where the legislation may follow an owner’s investment and is a strategic resource for owners.

PACE for Green Roofs

Using PACE financing for a Green roof can yield a cash flow positive improvement that adds value by increasing energy efficiency, reducing storm-water run-off and transforming unused space into a building amenity to be enjoyed by tenants. 


PACE is an acronym that bears some explaining. In fact, it’s a little misleading because it’s not just for “clean energy.”  Some answers to common questions are provided here, but ask your own by clicking below.
What can I do if PACE is not available for my ownership structure or property type?
CounterpointeSRE is focused on the finance of sustainable real estate, so when PACE is not available, we will explore activating the region for you with local administrators while simultaneously offering additional finance options such as EEAS or ESAs and PPAs.
How much PACE financing can my property support?
Financing parameters generally allow for a lien to value of up to 35% for a retrofit and 20% for new construction based on the as-is or stabilized property value.  Of course, this varies by property type and location.  Get a quote today or ask a question to evaluate your options with a financing expert.
What are the financing terms and rates for C-PACE financing?
The length of the loan or assessment is generally based on the average useful life of the equipment to be installed and can vary from 5 to 30 years.  The loan is fully amortizing, with no guarantees of covenants required. Interest rates are fixed and vary by location, term, project size and property type please “get a quote” for current rates.