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PNC Plaza Building is Going Green

$2.3 million public-private loan to finance major energy efficiency upgrades

[COLUMBUS, OH] –The City of Columbus has challenged local businesses to “Go Green.” On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the owner of PNC Plaza, Arthur Goldner & Associates, Inc. will publicly announce plans use a $2.3 million loan from the Columbus Region Energy Fund to finance energy efficiency upgrades which are expected to provide a 15% savings in energy costs per year.

The event will take place at 1pm, PNC Plaza, 155 E. Broad St.

“Today, the owner of PNC Plaza, Arthur Goldner & Associates, Inc. is putting a flag in the ground to commit to the challenge of energy efficiency,” said Councilmember Elizabeth Brown. 

The PNC Plaza Building will undergo performance upgrades, roof replacement and major updates to its HVAC systems.  It is also the first project in Columbus to take advantage of special assessments available through Energy Special Improvements Districts and Ohio’s PACE Law. 

“I hope their leadership will demonstrate to their peers in the business community that this tool is not only useful for reducing energy consumption in our city, but also is a practical step toward improving their bottom lines,” she continued.

The Columbus Energy Challenge (, is a voluntary public-private partnership that issues loans from the Columbus Region Energy Fund, administered by the Columbus Franklin County Finance Authority.


More about the program:

The Columbus Region Energy Fund is designed to provide existing buildings with long term, low interest rate financing to make significant energy efficiency upgrades to their properties. The fund is run by the Columbus Franklin County Finance Authority who issues loans based on the energy savings associated with the efficiency upgrades. As the property owner realizes the cost savings, they use the funds to repay the loan through the form of a special assessment on their property taxes. This financing mechanism is unique because banks and other lending institutions typically don’t provide long term loans for energy efficiency upgrades. This program is a critical component in helping property owners in the City of Columbus meet the Columbus Energy Challenge which is a voluntary program that is designed to achieve a 20% reduction in community-wide energy use by the year 2020.