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Energy Revolving Loan Fund

The Rhode Island Economic Development Cooperation (RIEDC) administers Energy Revolving Loan Fund (ELF) which provides low interest loans for RI business for energy saving investments. This loan program is funded by reprogrammed stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Funds can be used to install renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, or purchase energy saving equipment. Terms of loan vary between 5-10 years with interest rates between 1%-3% depending on the project.

Businesses applying for financing are required to provide:

  • Earnings which can support the debt requested or projected growth which can generate a clear path to earnings
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West Penn Power SEF Grant Program

The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) promotes the use of renewable energy and clean energy among commercial, industrial, institutional and residential customers in the West Penn market region. Eligible technologies include solar, wind, low-impact hydro, sustainable biomass such as closed-loop biomass and biomass gasification, and innovative natural gas technologies as well as energy efficiency. Clean energy refers to advanced technologies, including landfill gas and fuel cells, which use fossil fuels but have significantly lower emissions and waste than current commercialized technologies and fuels derived from waste.

In addition to loans, the program also offers grants up to $25,000 for

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Game Changer Competitive Grant Program

NOTE: Applications for the program for FY2016 ended on October 30, 2015. 

Game Changer Competitive Grant Program is designed to support innovative renewable energy systems and strategies that advance the renewable energy market in the state. The program aims to mitigate costs and risks of developing new technologies and systems. MEA is interested in funding initiatives in its two Areas of Interest (AOI): i) technologies that reduce the cost or increase efficiency of Tier I renewable energy systems,  and ii) commercial, customer sited electric storage systems that are integrated with renewable energy resources.  


The program is open to any

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NY-Sun Loan Program

NY-Sun loan program is part of broader NY-Sun Initiative program to accelerate the use of solar PV across the State. In addition to cash incentives, NY-Sun Initiative also provides State sponsored low-interest financing options to install solar PV systems.  The financing for the program is made available through the Green Jobs- Green New York (GJGNY) Act of 2009. 


The PV installations up to 200 kW should be performed by a participating Solar Electric Installer. List of participating installers is available here. Beginning from October, 2014, NY-Sun loan program has added Solar Thermal as an eligible resource for financing

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Missouri Clean Energy District

The Missouri Clean Energy District offers a wide variety of project financing programs with forms and structures designed to address a range of market needs. But its’ premier financing mechanism is the eponymous PACE program:

Property Assessed Clean Energy – PACE – is a financing tool that allows property owners to borrow money for renewable energy and energy efficiency property improvements with no upfront cost.


Any county, city, or incorporated town or village in Missouri may join MCED at no membership cost, allowing residents to benefit from PACE financing without requiring the local government to take on additional work

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Renewable Energy Professional Certification

H.B 8200 enacted in June, 2014 requires all ancillary non-electrical renewable energy work such as advertising, distribution and installation be performed by a person, firm or corporation holding a Renewable Energy Professional (REP) Certificate . All the renewable energy electrical work, including installation, connecting, testing, mounting of modules and inverters are to be performed by a licensed electrician.  Except for electrical work, the contractors require REP certification for installation, mechanical fastening and conjoining of listed solar sheathing system that are 10 kW or less. REP certification is also required for to any person, firm or corporation who is engaged in

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Green Infrastructure Bonds

In July 2013, Hawaii enacted legislation allowing the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to issue Green Infrastructure Bonds to secure low-cost financing for clean energy installations, including both renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The bond proceeds will be used to fund the on-bill financing program being developed by the Public Utilities Commission.

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Renewable Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit

South Carolina offers a ten percent income tax credit to the manufacturers of renewable energy operations.*

The income tax credit is allowed for up to sixty months beginning with the first taxable year for which the business or corporation is eligible to receive the credit, so long as the business or corporation becomes eligible to receive the credit no later than the tax year ending on December 31, 2020.

In order to qualify, a business must:

  • manufacture renewable energy systems and components in South Carolina for solar, wind, geothermal, or other renewable energy uses
  • invest a minimum of $50 million in
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Solar Energy System and Cogeneration System Personal Property Tax Credit

The District of Columbia Council created a personal property tax exemption for solar energy systems and cogeneration systems within the District by enacting B19-0749 in December of 2012. Systems using exclusively solar energy as defined in § 34-1431(14)) are exempt from personal property tax; provided, that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Chief Financial Officer shall transfer $120,000 from the certified revenues deposited in the Renewable Energy Development Fund established by § 34-1436 to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia and shall recognize the $120,000 as local funds revenue in fiscal year 2013 and

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