What We Do

Municipalities, nonprofits and commercial organizations often talk about “going green”. Finding the right approach for project owners can be overwhelming though, with so many complex questions and issues to address.

Contractors working with project owners too frequently present attractive energy efficiency or renewable projects without reliable financing options behind them.

Green Financing Solutions (GFS) works with both project owners and contractors as an owner and project advocate. We outline options, educate you on financial impact and work with you to get the project across the finish line. Our expertise in serving different types of clients nationwide allows us to assist with numerous kinds of projects.

Profitably. Efficiently. Collaboratively.

Our Goal

We let project owners understand their options and make the right choices for them. The goal is Day One positive cash flow: "municipalities, nonprofits and commercial owners should immediately save money, more than they spend to make the project a reality."

There is no "one size fits all" solution. GFS works with project owners, contractors and capital markets to get clean energy projects across the finish line.

How We Work

For Building & Project Owners

Have you asked yourselves any of these questions?

“Should we look at solar, or energy efficiency, or both? What about tax credits? How might this impact my taxes, or bond rating, or borrowing capacity? How do I know I’ve gotten a good deal? Will this save money?”

Lots of folks want to “go green” for social reasons. Everyone wants to save money.

GFS relies on its relationships with contractors and financiers to offer qualified and trusted options to aid you in choosing the path that’s right for you.

For Contractors

Do any of these sound familiar?

“What kind of financing can you offer?” “I’ll have to check on our cap ex budget or with my bank before committing.” “I’ve heard a lot about PPAs in California and a few other places—can I get that too?”

If so, GFS would love to hear from you. Our work with contractors is centered around giving our contractor-partners the knowledge and resources to accurately and confidently address these questions, and more.

These are the tools that will let you tailor your business development efforts to areas and projects that will close, with happy customers.


We have worked on projects nationwide, for municipalities, nonprofits, schools and commercial customers. Some projects are owner-driven; some are contractor-driven. All have relied on creative approaches. We think beyond simply the capital expenditure budget and debt or bonding.
We have experience with financing frameworks including Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), third-party tax credit-driven instruments (PPAs, non-traditional PPAs, etc.), federal clean energy financing programs, and various forms of leasing, to name a few.
Our experience in energy efficiency and renewable projects totals in excess of $100M. Without cookie-cutter approaches. And with cash flow and economic development at the forefront. Whether your project is rooftop solar or community solar garden (CSG); savings-driven energy efficiency or deferred maintenance; or a combination of any of these, we have the expertise and network to assist you.
Green Financing Solutions is led by Ian Schonwald, with more than a decade in construction finance, efficiency and renewables.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our services or want to talk about financing your next green project, please fill out the form or call us at 612.655.1181.