Local Governments

Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, is a long-term financing tool facilitated through local governments, allowing commercial property owners in Michigan to undertake energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy upgrades. Property owners receive 100% upfront funding for these upgrades on their facilities. Local governments facilitate PACE financing by allowing commercial property owners to repay private lenders via a voluntary special assessment. To take advantage of PACE financing, the property owner signs an agreement with a private lender and the local government, and the loan repayment is repaid directly from the property owner to the lender. Using such a tool, local governments can help reduce property owners’ operating expenses, drive economic development and increase property values.

Lean & Green Michigan allows local governments to create a PACE district at no cost, with no need for new government staff.  To create a PACE district with Lean & Green Michigan, the governing body engages in a three step process:

  1. Vote on a resolution of intent which releases a draft program report to the public.
  2. Schedule and hold a public hearing.
  3. Vote on a resolution to establish which officially adopts the program.

Lean & Green Michigan represents the best kind of “shared services” by establishing templates for all documents as well as processes for PACE loans that adhere strictly to the state statute. 

Areas We Serve

Areas We Serve


  • Alpena
  • Antrim
  • Bay
  • Benzie
  • Calhoun
  • Charlevoix
  • Cheboygan
  • Delta
  • Eaton
  • Emmet
  • Genesee
  • Grand Traverse
  • Gratiot
  • Houghton
  • Huron
  • Ingham
  • Jackson
  • Kalamazoo
  • Leelanau
  • Macomb
  • Marquette
  • Midland
  • Montcalm
  • Oakland
  • Otsego
  • Ottawa
  • Saginaw
  • Sanilac
  • Shiawassee
  • St. Clair
  • St. Joseph
  • Washtenaw
  • Wayne

Cities and Townships

  • Adrian
  • Bath Twp.
  • Bedford Twp.
  • Bloomfield Twp.
  • Cascade Twp.
  • Clearwater Twp.
  • Ferndale
  • Grand Rapids
  • Gun Plain Twp.
  • Hartland Twp.
  • Hillsdale
  • Howell
  • Jackson
  • Kentwood
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Muskegon
  • Orion Twp.
  • Pleasant Ridge
  • Pontiac
  • Rochester Hills
  • Royal Oak
  • St. Johns
  • South Haven Twp.
  • Southfield
  • Troy
  • Wyoming

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