Everyone knows that energy-retrofitting old buildings often makes economic sense. What a lot of people don’t know is how to do it. While retrofits lead to savings on electric and heating bills, you still need to find upfront capital to pay for all the improvements.
The issue is particularly acute for churches and community centers in low-income areas. They frequently have massively inefficient buildings and outsized energy bills, but no way of paying for upgrades. Banks generally aren’t interested in charities with little dependable income.