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Smoothing the potholes and making strides with energy retrofits

By |June 30th, 2015|

What do Harbourfront Centre, six YMCA buildings, and an Etobicoke housing co-op have in common? Each of these Toronto buildings is shaving $25,000 a year off their energy bills– without the owners putting up any capital.

A Recent Toronto Star article  highlighted TAF’s innovative non-debt […]

Making money by reducing emissions: The dual power of impact investment

By |October 29th, 2014|

Equipped with $27 million in dedicated endowment funding, TAF invests in a broad range of climate solutions to bring down Toronto's carbon emissions. Our media backgrounder highlights our recent investments and how they are paying off - both financially and through lower emissions.

Energi develops first Canadian energy savings warranty

By |March 19th, 2014|

TAF is partnering with Energi, a leading provider of risk management and insurance programs for the energy industry, on an innovative new warranty for energy savings agreements. This enables TAF to conclude energy performance agreements to finance energy efficiency retrofits, for example with Robert Cooke Co-op.

First out of the gate: Robert Cooke proves the ESPA has legs

By |August 30th, 2013|

By Ross Powell

Robert Cooke Co-op is one of the first projects being completed under our new and innovative Energy Savings Performance Agreement (ESPA). Construction on Robert Cooke Co-op’s energy efficiency retrofit commenced  in early August, starting with  the in-suite measures (the residents asked us […]

The future of green financing looks bright in Chicago

By |May 27th, 2013|

On May 13, Ross Powell and I found ourselves amongst 300 like-minded investors and policymakers, as well as people from NGOs, government bodies, and corporations at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. We had come from across North America to attend the American Council for […]

Wynne: conservation is the cheapest energy

By |February 21st, 2013|

Quotable, notable and laudable from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Throne Speech, February 18, 2013:

“It [the new government] will ensure that every part of the province has dependable, affordable sources of energy.

And because conservation is the cheapest source of energy available, Ontario will continue to be a […]

Getting to “yes” on energy efficiency retrofits – the TAF ESPA

By |October 23rd, 2012|

TAF’s Energy Savings Performance Agreement (ESPA) solves a lot of problems. This original financing product, developed by TAF over the past year, helps carve a pathway towards a $1 billion worth of profitable energy retrofit business in Toronto – so let’s roll it out […]

Property Assessed Payments for Energy Retrofits: Coming to a City near you?

By |August 3rd, 2012|

Energy efficiency pays for itself, right? So why don’t people invest in home energy retrofits?

Well, one reason is that people move around too often. The average tenure of home ownership in Toronto is 8-10 years. The average payback from a major home energy retrofit? […]

London making efficiency big and easy

By |November 7th, 2011|

Who said this less than a month ago? “There is a massive economic prize coming from retrofitting activity, not least in terms of the solid investment opportunity it represents for private businesses. We need them to recognise that this is in their best interests […]