Smart project financing
RealTerm Energy helps you select the financing structure that works best for your municipality.
RealTerm Energy helps you select the financing structure that works best for your municipality. Thanks to several budget-neutral financing options, your smart lighting upgrade project can transform streetlight expenditures into valuable city assets right away. And in some cases, they’re also cash-flow positive and won’t show up as debt in your budget. Work with us—start redirecting unproductive funds to the areas your community needs them most.
Financing options include:
Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs)
An EPC finances your upgrade through energy and maintenance savings while directing some of those funds back into your community. The savings generated pay for all project costs, freeing up money in your budget right away without ever putting you into debt. In addition, we provide maintenance services for the full contract term with no additional outlays and assume all maintenance risk.
Tax-Exempt Lease Purchase Structures (TELPs)
In a TELP structure, you use energy savings to lease-to-own your upgrade. Funds originally earmarked for maintaining and powering costly, out-of-date equipment are simply redirected to the new, more efficient system. TELPs offer extremely low interest rates, appropriate annually, and don’t show up as debt on your balance sheet.
General Obligation (GO) Bonds
GO bonds let you pay for your upgrade through taxation, revenues from the project itself, and any available municipal funds—all at low interest rates. Unlike an EPC or TELP, these bonds involve taxpayers and may require voter approval.
You may have the option to self-finance your upgrade using existing operations and maintenance or capital budgets. In this plan, you take on all the costs and reap all the benefits of an upgraded system.
RealTerm Energy also helps with:
- Utility financing negotiation. We can negotiate with utility companies to provide low-cost or market-rate loans that are repaid with project savings.
- Finding all municipal, state/province and federal incentives and grants applicable to your project. Our tried-and-true methods increase both your chances of success and your savings.