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Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit

Tax credits for residential energy efficiency have now expired.  The tax credit for builders of energy efficient homes and tax deductions for energy efficient commercial buildings have also expired.

The tax credits for residential renewable energy products are still available through December 31, 2021. Renewable energy tax credits for fuel cells, small wind turbines, and geothermal heat pumps now feature a gradual step down in the credit value, the same as those for solar energy systems.

While the tax credits for residential energy efficiency have expired, you can still save money and energy in your home by using ENERGY STAR

Energy-Efficient Mortgages

Homeowners can take advantage of energy efficient mortgages (EEM) to either finance energy efficiency improvements to existing homes, including renewable energy technologies, or to increase their home buying power with the purchase of a new energy efficient home. The U.S. federal government supports these loans by insuring them through Federal Housing Authority (FHA) or Veterans Affairs (VA) programs. This allows borrowers who might otherwise be denied loans to pursue energy efficiency, and it secures lenders against loan default.

FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages
The FHA allows lenders to add up to 100% of energy efficiency improvements to an existing mortgage loan

Small Business Advantage Grant Program

NOTE: This program started accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 on July 26, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the funds are exhausted.

Established in July 2004, the PA Small Business Advantage Grant Program provides matching funds to for-profit businesses with a maximum of 100 full-time equivalent employees for improvements in energy efficiency and pollution prevention. The business must also be the primary source of employment for at least one full-time employee. 

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers the grants, providing up to $7,000 for proposed projects. Under the most recent solicitation, projects must demonstrate annual savings of at

Questar Gas - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Questar Gas provides rebates to its business customers for installing energy efficient food service equipment, laundry equipment, HVAC and water heating equipment, and certain weatherization measures. Some equipment rebates vary depending on the efficiency level of the equipment. Applications and more details are available through the web site listed above. 

The ThermWise Business Custom Rebates Program is a demand-side management (DSM) program offered by Questar Gas with the goal of obtaining verifiable, cost-effective, and long-term natural gas savings. Program participants submit project proposals for a firm quantity of natural gas reduction through the installation of demand-side management measures. After installation,

Southwest Gas Corporation - Commercial High-Efficiency Equipment Rebate Program

Southwest Gas Corporation (SWG) offers rebates to commercial customers in Arizona who purchase energy efficient natural gas equipment. Customers may apply for custom incentives. Interested commercial customers should refer to the web site above for more information. A list of available rebates can be found here.

Residential Energy Upgrade (RENU) Loan Program

The Colorado Energy Office has partnered with Elevations Credit Union to provide loans for home energy upgrades through the Residential Energy Upgrade (RENU) Loan Program. Participants must work with a RENU-approved contractor to identify energy improvements and receive a cost estimate. Customers must then apply for the loan through Elevations Credit Union.  See website above for more information.

Central Georgia EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Home Plus Loan Program

Central Georgia EMC offers a loan program to homeowners who wish to pursue energy efficiency improvements. All energy efficiency improvements must meet Energy Star Criteria in order to qualify for the loan program. Loan amounts vary depending on the project. 

If a customer needs help determining what energy efficiency improvements could be made in his/her home, Central Georgia EMC offers in-home energy audits. To find out more about audits, contact the utility through their website or call them at (770)-775-7857.

Local Option - Commercial PACE Financing

Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has released initial guidelines for using PACE with FHA-secured single or multifamily

Georgia Power - Energy Services

Georgia Power offers businesses energy services such as energy product installation, high-level to investment-grade audits, energy consulting services, project management and site supervision, arrange for highly competitive financing on projects due to Georgia Power's financial strength, training, commissioning of systems and equipment, retro-commissioning/recommissioning, and construction services.

Products provided include HVAC and chiller upgrades, heating and boiler systems, central plants, lighting retrofits, system optimization, controls, motor and pump replacements, water conservation, compressed-air systems, and solar and solar water heating.