State and Local Policy Database

Financial Incentives

Financial incentives are an important instrument to spur the adoption of technologies and practices in homes and businesses. They can take many forms: rebates, loans, grants, or bonds for energy efficiency improvements; income tax credits and income tax deductions for individuals or businesses; and sales tax exemptions or reductions for eligible products. Financial incentives can lower the upfront cost and shorten the payback period of energy efficiency upgrades, two critical barriers to consumers’ and businesses’ making cost-effective efficiency investments. Incentives also raise consumer awareness of eligible products, encouraging manufacturers and retailers to market these products more actively and continue to innovate. As production scales up, prices of energy-efficient products fall allowing them to compete well within the market.

Financial Incentive information for Alabama is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Alabama).

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Alaska is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Alaska). Information about additional incentives not presented on DSIRE is listed here.

Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP): The Alaska Energy Authority has received authorization from the State of Alaska to establish the Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP) under AS 44.83.080. The Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP) offers funds to rural Alaskan communities with a population no greater than 8,000 residents for energy efficiency upgrades. Funding available to small, high energy cost communities under this announcement is $900,000.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Arizona is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Arizona).

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Arkansas is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Arkansas) and State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Arkansas has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has two active programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Advanced Energy Technology Loan: This loan finances energy-related cost reduction retrofits and green energy implementation for Arkansas companies. The program encourages companies invest in clean technology and improve the energy efficiency of their processes and facilities. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for California is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Californiaand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, California has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has multiple active programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

High Performance Incentive Grant: The High Performance Incentive (HPI) grant is a supplemental grant available to districts with projects that have increased costs associated with high performance attributes in school facilities.

The Governor's Strategic Growth Plan, approved by voters in Proposition 1D (AB 127, 2006), provided $100 million in incentive grants to promote the use of high performance attributes in new construction and modernization projects for K-12 schools. High performance attributes include using designs and materials that promote energy and water efficiency, maximize the use of natural lighting, improve indoor air quality, utilize recycled materials and materials that emit a minimal amount of toxic substances, and employ acoustics that are conducive to teaching and learning.

Energy Partnership Program: The Energy Partnership Program provides grants of up to $20,000 for technical assistance, such as energy audits, feasibility studies, performance specifications, and project design, for cities, counties, special districts, hospitals, public care facilities and colleges/universities.

Bright Schools Program: The Bright Schools Program provides grants of service valued up to $20,000 for technical assistance, such as energy audits, feasibility studies, performance specifications, and professional engineering support services, for LEAs eligible for Proposition 39 funding.

Statewide Energy Efficiency Program: Through this financing program, the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) issues bonds to municipalities, universities, public schools, and hospitals for retrofits and clean energy projects.

California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39): Provides funding to local educational agencies (LEAs) for planning and installing eligible energy measures, such a energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy generation. 

California Capital Access Program: California Pollution Control Financing Authority’s (CPCFA) CalCAP provides a loan loss reserve for small business lending. Eligible projects include energy-efficiency retrofits. The program provides an incentive to participating financial institutions to lend to businesses that would not otherwise qualify for a loan.   

Energy Conservation Assistance Act - Education Subaccount (ECAA-Ed): Provides 0% revolving loans to finance energy efficiency and renewable projects for local educational agencies (public school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and special schools) and community college districts.

Last Updated: September 2016

Financial Incentive information for Colorado is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Coloradoand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Colorado has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Colorado ENERGY STAR / Energy Saving Mortgage Program: The Energy Saving Mortgage Program incentivizes both the purchase of efficient homes and efficiency renovations in refinanced homes.  Home buyers can earn a credit of up to $8,000 on their mortgage for net-zero homes, or a percentage of that credit for homes scoring between a 50 and a zero on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Scale.  Renovations function similarly as home owners can earn up to $8,000 in incentives for efficiency retrofits to existing homes.

Green Colorado Credit Reserve (GCCR): The GCCR is a loan loss reserve that was created by the Colorado Energy Office to incentivize private lenders throughout Colorado to make small commercial loans up to $100,000 for capital improvements that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. For each loan made by a participating lender, the GCCR will provide a loan loss reserve equal to 15% of the amount of the loan. 

Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Pilot Program: Through this program launched in July 2015, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) will engage the services of an experienced third-party contractor to provide free energy audits and technical support services to a minimum of 80 producers annually. CEO’s contractor will serve as the point of contact for the program and will assist producers in selecting and implementing cost-effective improvements that reduce energy use, environmental impacts, and producer operating costs. CEO will leverage the contractor’s role in this program to monitor individual producer and overall program progress and track and report on improvements, energy and cost savings, and GHG reductions.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Connecticut is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Connecticutand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Connecticut has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has an active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Healthy Homes Initiative: The Connecticut Efficient Healthy Homes Initiative (CTEHHI) is a community-based, statewide program carried out in collaboration with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, the United Illuminating Company and Connecticut Light and Power, and nonprofit, municipal and healthcare partners across the state. The program helps homeowners identify sources of inefficiency in their homes through comprehensive evaluations performed by energy specialists, who provide a wide range of weatherization services, as well as complete a Healthy Homes Checkup to identify any health and safety issues that may be present in the house.

Residential Energy Finance Program: The Connecticut Housing Investment Fund, Inc. (CHIF) helps individuals and organizations financing energy efficiency improvements with low interest loans. Loans may be for $1,000 to $25,000 and funding will be used for conducting qualified improvements/equipment replacements. To be eligible for this program, applicants must own a single or two-family home (includes condos and vacation homes).

CT Energy Assistance Program (CEAP): The CT Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut's lower income households, specifically those households whose incomes fall at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines as well as households with elderly, disabled and/or children under the age of six, with incomes between 150 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The program includes fuel assistance and financial assistance if heat is included in rent, as well as weatherization. CEAP is currently administered by the CT Department of Social Services.

Green Buildings Tax Credit Program: The Connecticut Green Buildings Tax Credit Program was created by Connecticut General Statute 12-217mm. This program provides a tax incentive for commercial building owners and developers. To be eligible for the program, the construction, renovation, or rehabilitation projects for the commercial properties must meet or exceed the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold Standard.  Administration of the Program is being shared by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Multifamily Pre-Development Energy Loan Program: In 2015 the Connecticut Green Bank developed this loan program to suport property owners in identifying high-quality technical assistance providers and to fund the work needed to scope and descure financing for deeper, cost-effective energy upgrades. The multifamily version of this program is housed at the Housing Development Fund, a local community development financial institution.

Cozy Home Loan: A loan for households below 80% of area median income in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven Counties. Administered by the Housing Development Fund, the loan  provides 5.99%, 10-year loans for over 40 energy efficiency and renewable energy home improvement projects.

Low Income Multifamily Energy (LIME) LoanEnergy efficiency improvements for multifamily residential properties, as provided for in a lender-approved scope of work. Up to 25% of loan proceeds may be used for non-energy efficiency improvements (structural, health/safety, etc.), provided there are sufficient savings to carry the costs. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Delaware is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Delaware). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

Small Business Energy and Facilities Revolving Loan Fund Program: In anticipation of federal HOME STAR legislation, Delaware has created a $1 million loan fund for small business energy efficiency projects. The program, known as the Small Business Energy and Facilities Revolving Loan Fund, will be overseen by the Council on Development Finance. The new fund was made possible with a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which was matched by the Delaware Strategic Fund. Known as the Small Business Energy and Facilities Revolving Fund, it will provide loans at market to below-market interest rates to businesses that cannot otherwise obtain capital, provided that those businesses will create or retain jobs in industries that promote energy efficiency and/or recycling.

Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program: The Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program provides residential loans to Delawareans who want to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Loans can be used to identify and install cost and energy-efficient Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that can be expected to provide annual energy savings.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for the District of Columbia is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE District of Columbiaand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, DC has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Green Light Grant Program: The program provides funding to research projects related to green buildilngs, including efficiency-related measures such as urban heat islands and zero-energy homes. The program provides funding to nonprofit organizations, government agencies  or universities/higher educational institutions in order to meet the ambitious goals related to green buildings set out in the Mayor's Sustainable DC Plan.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for Florida is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Florida) and State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Florida has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has several active programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies (REET) Grant Matching Program: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies (REET) Grant Matching Program provides a mechanism for entities to receive matching funds to conduct demonstration, commercialization, research, and development projects relating to renewable energy technologies and innovative technologies that significantly increase energy efficiency for vehicles and commercial buildings. The purpose of the program is to provide a source of state match funding to Florida entities that can be used to strengthen their applications for external funding. The program recently finished going through a rulemaking and a notice of funding availability (NOFA) is under review at this time. There will be approximately $2 million in funding made available in the next few months once the NOFA is released.

Farm Energy and Water Efficiency Realization (FEWER) program: This program’s objective is to conduct on-site evaluations of the potential for energy efficiency, renewable energy upgrades and water saving measures and practices on individual farms. Once the evaluation is complete, the program will provide cost-share reimbursement to eligible agricultural producers in the Suwannee County Conservation District (SCCD) and other areas of the state for activities identified during the evaluation.

Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL): A public-private partnership among the National Association of State Energy Officials, Energy Programs Consortium, Pennsylvania State Treasury, Renewable Funding and Citigroup Global Markets, WHEEL provides low-cost, large-scale private capital to state, local and utility-sponsored residential energy efficiency and solar programs. The capital raised will be utilized for loans to Florida homeowners who are customers of participating Rural Electric Cooperatives who are making improvements to their 1 or 2 unit primary residence (owner occupied). 

Last Updated: July 2016

Currently, there are no solely state-administered financial incentive programs. The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs.

Financial Incentive information for Georgia is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Georgia). For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Hawaii is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Hawaii). The state does enable PACE, but it does not have any active PACE programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Idaho is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Idaho). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

Incentives for Energy Efficiency in Schools: Idaho’s Fundamental Commissioning and Integrated Design legislation (33-356 Idaho Code) was passed with the intent of allowing school districts to save money by constructing buildings that are more energy-efficient and create better working and learning spaces.  The legislation anticipates that school districts will recoup their additional up-front costs over a five year period through relief from the districts’ share of the building replacement cost contributions required under Section 33-1019 (1), Idaho Code.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Illinois is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Illinois). The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Indiana is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Indiana). 

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Iowa is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Iowa) and State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

Technology Demonstration and Education Grants: As funding allows, Iowa makes grants available for technology demonstration projects, including eligible energy efficiency technologies.

Last Updated: May 2017

Currently, there are no solely state-administered financial incentive programs. Financial Incentive information for Kansas is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Kansas).

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Kentucky is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Kentucky) and State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Kentucky has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

School Energy Managers ProjectThe School Energy Managers Project (SEMP) provides support for energy managers at the school district level. Matching funds are available to employ trained energy specialists or energy efficiency projects in school districts. The goal of the two year program is to reduce energy usage by five percent in participating districts from a 2012 baseline.

Kentucky Home Performance with Energy StarThe KY Home Performance Program (KHP) was initially funded through the American Recovery Reinvestment Act. With additional funds from the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, the program evolved to offer the current Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loan (WHEEL) financing  To date, KHP has completed nearly 1,200 single-family energy efficient retrofits resulting in total development cost and investment of nearly $11 million across Kentucky. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for Louisiana is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Louisiana).

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for Maine is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Maine) and State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Efficiency Maine Multifamily Efficiency Program (MEP): Offers rebates to multifamily residency building owners for improving energy efficiency. The program is now being administered as part of the Efficiency Maine Commercial and Industrial Prescriptive Program (CIP).  

Advanced Building Program: This program offers comprehensive strategies to help Maine property owners, developers, architects and engineers design new commercial buildings that will achieve significant energy savings.  New buildings designed and constructed according to the Maine Advanced Buildings Program requirements will be 30 – 35% more energy-efficient than the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code requirement.

Low Income Heat Pump Initiative: This initiative works directly with Maine's Community Action Programs to identify low
income homeowners with high fuel usage and install heat pumps in those homes.

Last Updated: September 2016

Financial Incentive information for Maryland is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Maryland) and State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Maryland has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Smart Energy Communities Program: Local governments in Maryland may choose to adopt two of three policies related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation petroleum reduction - and become a Smart Energy Community. Once the policies are adopted, the local government becomes eligible for grant funding ranging from $35,000 to $625,000. Technical assistance to implement the policies will also be provided. Total available funding is approximately $4.5 million.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for Massachusetts is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Massachusettsand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Massachusetts has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, however, it does not have any active PACE programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Bond Program: The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Bond Program is intended to increase compact, mixed-use, walkable development close to transit stations. To accomplish this objective, the Program authorization (Chapter 291 of the Acts of 2004) provides financing for pedestrian improvements, bicycle facilities, housing projects, and parking facilities within .25 (1/4) miles of a commuter rail station, subway station, bus station, bus rapid transit station, or ferry terminal.

Pathways to Zero Net Energy Program: The Pathways to Zero Grant Program is a $3.5 million Department of Energy Resources (DOER) initiative launched in 2014 to spur the development of Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEB) in Massachusetts. $3.0M is being used to support residential and commercial ZNEB projects through feasibility studies, integrated design, and construction funding, and $500,000 is being used for public awareness, workforce development, efforts to develop and standardize best practices, and DOER resources.

Leading by Example Grants: This program works with public partners across Massachusetts state government to provide leadership, technical assistance, guidance, and grant funding to ensure successful implementation of strategies outlined in Executive Order 484. LBE accomplishes this with a comprehensive set of energy and environmental initiatives.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Michigan is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Michigan) and State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Michigan has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has two active programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Converstion Building Retrofit Program: Provides a matching grant for energy-efficient LED conversion projects in commercial and/or multi-purpose buildings that are owned by small businesses and non-profit organizations. The purpose of this grant is to increase energy efficiency, reduce operating costs for building owners, and support local job creation.

Event Spnsorship Funding Opportunity: Provides funding assistance for workshops, conferences, or other events that increase awareness of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy technologies, applications, opportunities, and best practices in the state of Michigan. 

Small Business Pollution Prevention (P2) Loan ProgramProvides loans of up to $400,000 at an interest rate of 5% or less for existing independently owned businesses with 500 or fewer full time employees. Projects that qualify for funding under the P2 Loan Program include those that either eliminate or reduce waste at the business location (source reduction), result in environmentally sound reuse and recycling for the loan applicant's generated wastes, or conserve energy or water on-site. Funding for the P2 Loan Program comes from a revolving loan fund, made possible through passage of the Clean Michigan Initiative in November of 1998. Low interest loans are available to all Michigan businesses including manufacturing, farming, retail and service industries.

Energy Efficienvy and Renewable Energy (EERE) Loans for Small Businesses: Offers small businesses currently located in Michigan, financial assistance for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy project implementation. This effort is directed at businesses that are seeking to upgrade or install clean energy technologies. This includes clean energy advanced manufacturing projects and some AgriEnergy projects. 

LED Street Lighting Program: Offers financial assistance for up to five Michigan communities that are looking to upgrade their downtown street lights to LED lights. This program will pay up to 50% of equipment costs. Applicants for this grant are required to use LED products that can achieve at least 40% energy savings, 50% maintenance savings and 50,000 hours between relamping while providing the appropriate lighting levels.

Loan Loss Reserve: Through this program the Michigan Energy Office contracts with a third party to offer a Green Fund targeting multifamily housing for energy efficiency retrofits.

Last Updated: September 2016

Financial incentive information for Minnesota is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Minnesotaand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Minnesota has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has several active programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Energy Savings Fund for NonprofitsThis program offers up to $100,000 loans at 3.9% interest to 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Additionally, commercial properties owned or occupied by a nonprofit seeking lighting improvements through the One-Stop Efficiency Stop are eligible for up to $25,000 at 0% interest.

Rev It Up Program: The Community Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Loan Program, also known as the“Rev It Up” Program, is a revolving loan program that allows up to $100 million in revenue bonds to be issued for low-cost loans to local units of government, industrial and commercial businesses, or healthcare facilities seeking to finance energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects. This program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Public Entity Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Revolving Loan Fund Program: The Minnesota Department of Commerce offers a revolving loan fund to help Minnesota public entities pay for the cost of an energy audit or a renewable energy project feasibility study.

Energy Savings Partnership ProgramA statewide revolving loan program administered by the Saint Paul Port Authority that leverages Minnesota Department of Commerce funds to provide low-cost loans to local units of government and schools that pursue cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Last Updated: October 2016

Financial incentive information for Mississippi is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Mississippi).

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Missouri is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Missouriand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Missouri has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has several active programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Missouri Linked Deposit Program: The State Treasury partners with lending institutions to provide low-interest loans that may be used for energy efficiency measures through building renovations, repairs and maintenance or purchase of equipment and facilities for businesses, farming operations and multifamily housing.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Montana is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Montana).

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Nebraska is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Nebraska) and State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs.

Clean-burning Motor Vehicle Fuel Rebates: Through this program, the Nebraska Energy Office offers rebates for the purchase and installation of new equipment to convert motor vehicles to run on a qualified clean-burning fuel; the purchase of vehicles originally equipped to be propelled by a clean-burning motor vehicle fuel; and the purchase and installation of new property directly related to the compression and delivery of natural gas from a private home or residence for noncommercial purposes into the fuel tank of a motor vehicle propelled by compressed natural gas. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Nevada is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Nevada). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

Home Energy Retrofit Opportunities for Seniors (HEROS): The joint-Nevada Govenor's Office of Energy (GOE) and Nevada Division of Housing (NHD) program targets seniors 60 years and older and persons with disabilities for residential energy assessments and upgrades. Funding from GOE augments the current weatherization assistance program administered by the NHD and is provided to the homeowner free of charge. GEO administraters the program through a network of non-profit service provider agencies throughout Nevada.  An energy assessment is conducted at the participating senior's home in order to develop a scope of work. Each home may receive up to $6,000 in energy saving measures.

Direct Energy Assistance Loan (DEAL) ProgramThe Nevada State Legislature approved the Governor’s Office of Energy’s DEAL Program on May 30, 2015. This newly created program provides $1,500,000 in zero-interest loans annually to Nevada state employees to receive energy assessments and upgrades and creates a mechanism for the employee to repay the energy efficient loan through a deduction on their paycheck. Funds generated for these grants originate from the Renewable Energy Fund and distributed to the Governor’s Office of Energy. This fund was created during the 2009 Nevada Legislative session to fund energy projects and programs that offset the cost or use of electricity to retail customers of a public utility in Nevada. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for New Hampshire is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE New Hampshireand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, New Hampshire has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

New Hampshire Better Buildings Program: Managed by the NH Community Development Finance Authority under contract with the Office of Energy and Planning, this revolving loan fund is set up to serve residential customers through loans for multifamily efficiency projects, renewable energy projects, or an interest-rate buydown program for utilities when they do Home Performance with Energy Star projects.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for New Jersey is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE New Jersey). In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE, New Jersey has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has an active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for New Mexico is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE New Mexico). The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for New York is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE New Yorkand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, New York has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Green Jobs Green NY: The Green Jobs - Green New York (GJGNY) Program provides residential, small businesses, not-for-profits, and multi-family building owners with access to energy assessments, installation services, low-cost financing (currently for residential customers only), and “green jobs” workforce training. For residential customers, NYSERDA's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program offers loans offer up to $13,000 per household, up to $25,000 if the project meets higher cost-effectiveness standards and have repayment periods of 5, 10, or 15 years. Programs for small businesses, not-for-profits and multifamily building owners (coming soon) can finance energy efficiency upgrades with low interest payments conveniently built into one energy bill and offset the payment with the savings earned over the year.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for North Carolina is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE North Carolina). The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for North Dakota is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE North Dakota). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

Energy Conservation Grant Program: The grant program is administered by the Division of Community Services and assists North Dakota political subdivisions in making energy efficiency improvements to public buildings. Awards range from $10,000 to$100,0000 and a 50% cash match is required. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Ohio is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Ohio). In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE, Ohio has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has several active programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for Oklahoma is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Oklahoma). The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Oregon is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Oregonand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Oregon has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Planning Assistance and Transportation and Growth Management Grants: The Department of Land Conservation and Development offers grants to local and tribal governments to complete projects that update and modernize comprehensive plans, land use ordinances, development codes and other planning regulations. The Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM) provides local governments with funding for planning projects that lead to more livable, economically vital, transportation-efficient, sustainable, pedestrian-friendly communities.

Last Updated: August 2016

Financial Incentive information for Pennsylvania is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Pennsylvania).

Green Energy Loan Fund: The Pennsylvania Green Energy Loan Fund (GELF) provides financing for energy efficiency retrofits and the installation of energy conservation measures and highperformance energy systems in buildings throughout Pennsylvania. GELF is managed by The Reinvestment Fund and is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Energy. Borrowers eligible for a GELF loan include for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, local governments, multifamily residential and industrial companies. Homeowner are not eligible for a GELF loan. The type of financing provided includes construction loans, term loans and lease financing. Loans will range between approximately $100,000 and $2,500,000. 

Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance Program (PennSEF): Administered by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department in partnership with the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environmnt, this program provides technical and legal assistance, as well as low-cost capital, for energy improvement projects by municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals. Participants will also receive free energy audits from ESCOs. The program receives financial support from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund.

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG): Administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, this program offers funding for clean, alternative fuel transportation projects in Pennsylvnia's energy sector.

Energy Efficiency Loan Program (Keystone HELP/WHEEL): KeystoneHELP (HomeEnergy Loan Program) loans are offered through a public/private partnership with the Pennsylvania Treasury and PENNVEST to help homeowners take advantage of thousands of money-saving efficiency upgrades.

Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA): An independent public financing authority that was created in 1982 by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and Emergency Powers Act and that was revitalized through an April 8, 2004, Executive Order. The authority's mission is to finance clean, advanced energy projects in Pennsylvania, including solar energy, wind, low-impact hydropower, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas, fuel cells, integrated gasification combined cycle, waste coal, coal-mine methane, and demand management projects. The authority presently can award grants, loans, and loan guarantees. Tax-exempt and taxable bond financing for clean, advanced energy projects also are available through the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA).

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for Rhode Island is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Rhode Islandand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Rhode Island has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

School Grant Program: Funded through a portion of the state's RGGI revenues, competitive grants are available to private, parochial, charter, and public schools for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Eligible projects must include an educations program designed to support the understanding of the renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects. Grants are available for electric efficiency measures, but cannot support any natural gas efficiency measures. All projects must be on or in school buildings or located on school grounds, and must provide energy to the school or produce energy savings for the school. In 2014, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources awarded $1.16 million in grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to local public and private schools and school districts.

LED Streetlight Program: $3.8 million in RGGI funding shall be allocated to assist state agencies and municipalities make cost-effective, energy saving investments in LED (light emitting diode) lighting and associated control technologies. This program will be jointly administered by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the Office of Energy Resources.

Efficient Buildings Fund: Administered by the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, this revolving loan fund finances energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for municipally owned buildings and school facilities, as well as quasi-governmental agency buildings.

Block Island Saves: The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) has allocated $500,000 of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds to help New Shoreham residents and small businesses improve their energy efficiency.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for South Carolina is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE South Carolina).

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for South Dakota is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE South Dakota). 

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for Tennessee is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Tennessee). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

EmPower Tennessee Initiative: Through this initiative the state is working to reduce energy costs and consumpion across state-owned and managed facilities by measuring and controlling energy use, investing in increasing energy efficiency and renewable power generation, and creating an operational environment of excellence. Of the state's approved $43 million budget for FY2016, over $37 million is dedicated to energy efficiency projects. The remainder will go to the procurement and implementation of a utility data management system and related energy management infrastructure.

Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program: The purpose of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program is to select and fund projects that best result in a reduction of emissions and hazardous air pollutants. The Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program provides financial assistance to state agencies, public higher education entities, local governments, utility districts, and entities created by statute (airport authorities, housing authorities, etc.) to purchase, install, and construct energy projects that fit into one of the following eligible project categories:

  1. Cleaner Alternative Energy: biomass, geothermal, solar, wind
  2. Energy Conservation: Lighting, HVAC improvements, improved fuel efficiency, insulation, idling minimization
  3. Air Quality Improvement: GHG, SO2, VOC’s, NOx, HAP’s

 

City of Bristol Energy Efficiency Assistance Program: A grant initiative to provide qualifying homeowners with a free in-home energy assessment and a customized implementation plan by the local utility, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES), and be eligible for up to $20,000 per home in financial assistance. The Tennesee Office of Energy Programs is managing the grant contract and project for the Tennesee Department of Environment and Conservation. 

Last Updated: September 2016

Financial incentive information for Texas is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Texas). In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE, Texas has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Utah is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Utah). In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE, Utah has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Vermont is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Vermont). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs.

Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Sustainable Energy Loan Fund: The program enables VEDA “to make loans and provide other forms of financing for projects that stimulate and encourage development and deployment of sustainable energy projects in the State of Vermont.” The fund provides four loan products (Small Business Energy Loan Program, Commercial Energy Loan Program, Agriculture Energy Loan Program, and Energy Loan Guarantee Program).

Weatherization Trust Fund: The program provides long term state funding for weatherization through a one-half percent gross receipts tax on all non-transportation fuels sold in the state. This fund raises about $6M/year for low-income weatherization.

Thermal Efficiency Finance Program: The program provides thermal shell and heating system energy efficiency services to customers who use unregulated fossil fuel for their heating energy needs.

Heat Saver Loan Program: This low-interest loan is for Vermonters who want to weatherize their homes and install efficient heating systems. The loans can be used for high efficiency oil or propane furnaces, cold-climate heat pumps, central wood pellet systems, solar domestic hot water systems, or weatherization improvements.

Last Updated: September 2016

Financial incentive information for Virginia is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Virginia). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs.

Clean Energy Development and Services (CEDS) Program: A $6 million Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) grant and loan program created in January 2016 for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuel projects and programs.

Last Updated: September 2016

Financial Incentive information for Washington is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Washington). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

Efficiency Grants for Higher Education and Local Governments: The Energy Efficiency Grants for Higher Education and Local Governments provides $38 million funding to public higher education institutions and local governments for energy efficiency improvements to facilities through lighting, heating and ventilation system upgrades and more.

Energy Revolving Loan Fund Grants: These grants finance the use of proven building energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that currently lack access to capital; includes residential and commercial sectors. Almost $15 million of funds were awarded to two financial institutions: Craft3 (commercial and residential) and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (residential). Projects completed with loans include residential and commercial energy retrofits, residential- and commercial-scale solar installations, anaerobic digesters to treat dairy and organic waste, and combined heat and power projects using woody biomass as a fuel source.

Community Energy Efficiency Program: The Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) is a community based program that identifies and funds pilot projects that will provide community-wide urban residential and commercial energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades. The implemented energy efficiency upgrades projects are estimated to produce about $1.7 million per year in energy cost savings.

Clean Energy Fund Research, Development and Demonstration Match Program: Grant for entities seeking to obtain match required by non-state funders for clean energy technology projects. The Clean Energy Fund was created in 2013 and refunded in 2015 is effectively a green bank for the state.

Last Updated: July 2016

Currently, there are no solely state-administered financial incentive programs.

Financial incentive information for West Virginia is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE West Virginia).

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial Incentive information for Wisconsin is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Wisconsin). In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE, Wisconsin has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and one active program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Last Updated: July 2016

Financial incentive information for Wyoming is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Wyomingand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Wyoming has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). The state does not, however, have any active PACE programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Local Energy Improvement Retrofit Grant: Through this grant, the Wyoming Energy Office offers retrofits to existing buildings. To qualify, each applicant is required to sign up for the Wyoming Energy Conservation Improvement Program (WYECIP) or WYLite (a scaled down version of WYECIP) Program and submit an application to the Wyoming Association of Municipalities (WAM) and the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) for the zero interest Energy Lease Program. 

Last Updated: July 2016