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Nuveen boosts green lending platform with $150M investment

Greenworks Lending, the nation’s largest provider of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, has raised $150M in committed capital from Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA.

This marks the firm’s third investment from Nuveen in three years. The deal, which was structured by Guggenheim Securities, LLC, will increase Greenworks Lending’s available funding for C-PACE assets across the country.

“During these challenging economic times Greenworks is well-positioned with committed funding available to help building owners keep their properties up to date and developers complete their capital stacks,” said Alexandra Cooley, Co-Founder and COO of Greenworks.


“While the current uncertainty in the market is causing stress within the commercial real estate market, Greenworks continues to be committed to providing a long term, secure financing solution.”

“As longstanding partners, we are confident in Greenworks’ ability to continue to provide quality assets, even in times of economic uncertainty,” said Chris Miller, Senior Director, Private Placements at Nuveen. “As founders and leaders of the C-PACE industry, Greenworks has taken center stage in establishing C-PACE as an asset class and propelling its growth nationwide.”

C-PACE makes it possible for commercial property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy projects.

While facilitating sustainability efforts, the program reduces property owners’ annual costs and provides better-than-market financing for green new construction.

Despite current economic challenges, Greenworks Lending continues to close C-PACE projects nationwide.

In the first few months of 2020, Greenworks has closed a wide variety of projects across 9 states; notably — a $1.2M office building project in CA, a $5.1M hotel project in MO, a $670K medical office project in OH, and a $6.7M office building project and a $856K solar project at an auto dealership, both in CT. Greenworks also recently closed the first C-PACE project in Delaware, a $4M renovation of the historic DuPont Building; and its first project in MN – a $722K energy efficiency upgrade.

Greenworks will use this newly committed capital to continue to help developers looking to build out their capital stacks and support local business communities and commercial building owners fund much needed deferred maintenance projects and save money with solar energy.


Experts in the finance sector consider the C-PACE program a game changer in the arena. Earlier this year, New York-based Eyzenberg & Company announced a partnership with Greenworks..

“Our partnership with Greenworks will position Eyzenberg Green Capital as a leader in the emerging sector, with the ability to quickly execute a complete capital stack,” said David Eyzenberg, principal and founder, Eyzenberg & Company. “The C-PACE loan platform has become a game-changer for building owners and operators.”

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