Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities

SEEC has collected some of the most prominent financing and funding sources for energy efficiency for a diverse range of applicants, including but not limited to local governments, nonprofits, small businesses, and residential homeowners. This resource will continue to be developed as a comprehensive list of energy efficiency funding opportunities that supplement the LGC funding guidance website. The resources below were identified through online research and interviews with program implementers.

CEC – Energy Efficiency Financing
Who is Eligible

1% Interest Rate Loans:

Cities, Counties, Special Districts, Public College or University (except community colleges), Public Care Institutions/ Public Hospitals, University of California, California State University

[Residential, commercial, and/or private non-profit institutions are not eligible for these funds]

What it Funds

Projects with proven energy and/or demand cost savings are eligible:

Lighting system upgrades, Pumps and motors, Streetlights and LED traffic signals, Energy management systems and equipment controls, Building insulation, Energy generation, HVAC equipment, Water and waste water treatment equipment, Load shifting projects

When to Apply

Continuous application cycle

Available Funds

$3,000,000

Award Size


Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Energy audit required before applying

Competitiveness

Not competitive – Willing to work with applicants if mistakes are made to improve chances of approval

Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants
Who is Eligible

Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations located in rural or non-rural areas

Small businesses in an area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town

What it Funds

Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements on existing buildings:

HVAC upgrades, Insulation, Lighting, Cooling or refrigeration units, Doors and windows, Electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots, Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor, Replacement of energy-inefficient equipment

When to Apply

Applications for Grants of $20,000 or Less / Guaranteed Loan + Grant of $20,000 or Less Combo Applications / Unrestricted Grants / Guaranteed Loan + Unrestricted Grant Combo Applications – April 1, 2019

Guaranteed Loans – Continuous Application Cycle

Available Funds

$1,500 – $250,000

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Low to Medium

Depends on applicant’s knowledge of EE issues, applicants should be working with contractors to develop a plan and receive guidance

Competitiveness

Varies depending on annual budget – has ranged from 18%-90% approval for awards since 2016

Energy Upgrade California
Who is Eligible

Private Resident

What it Funds

Home Upgrade is a statewide program that offers rebates of up to $5,500 when homeowners make energy-saving improvements and helps contractors grow their businesses. Absolute limit is 50% of the cost of project if the energy savings will be 50%

When to Apply

Continuous application cycle

Available Funds

$5,500

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Customers must find contractors through PG&E, however it is the contractor’s job to submit the rebate application on behalf of the homeowner

Competitiveness

Not competitive – very rare not to receive rebates

GoGreen Financing
Who is Eligible

Residential

Affordable Multifamily

Small Business

Nonresidential

What it Funds

HVAC upgrades, Insulation and air sealing, Appliances, Windows, Water heating, LED lighting, Pool pumps, Cool roof, Radiant barriers

When to Apply

Continuous application cycle

Available Funds

$50k for residential programs

$1M-5M for small business and non-residential

No limit on multi-residential

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Low to Medium

Low for customers
Medium for contractors and other participants

Competitiveness

Not competitive

GVCU – Greater Valley Energy Efficiency Loan
Who is Eligible

Multi Family

Single Family

District 6 state employees and retirees

What it Funds

Finance the purchase of energy efficient products including EE household appliances and solar

When to Apply

Continuous application cycle

Available Funds

$500-$35,000 loans

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Low

Competitiveness

Not very competitive – about 80% of applicants receive loans

State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)
Who is Eligible

Municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals

What it Funds

Energy management and control systems, lighting and control systems, CFL and LED replacements, HVAC, building envelope, load reduction, thermal and electric energy storage, pump retrofits

When to Apply

by March 8, 2019

Available Funds

Total funding for the current cycle is $9.5 million. Up to $100,000 available for individual grants.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

Competitive

WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants
Who is Eligible

State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority

What it Funds

Projects that conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of hydropower; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States.

When to Apply

Applications for the current funding cycle are due at 4pm MDT on March 19, 2019.

Available Funds

Total funding for the current cycle is $24 million. Up to $1.5 million available in awards.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

Competitive


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