This guide provides information that can assist both lenders and consumers in financing solar energy systems, which include both solar electric (photovoltaic) and solar thermal systems. It also includes information about other ways to make solar energy systems more affordable, as well as descriptions of special mortgage programs for energy-efficient homes.

The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing.

This document is the first of a three-volume series designed to support electric cooperatives as they explore and pursue utility-scale, utility-owned solar PV deployments. It includes examples of business models for implementing utility-scale solar projects including details of full and partial ownership.  

This paper discusses that the HomeStyle Energy mortgage loan is designed to support homeowners efforts to increase energy and water efficiency and reduce utility costs as well as create home resiliency for environmental disasters or to repair damage from such disasters. The document shows that HomeStyle Energy may be a more affordable financing solution than a subordinate lien, home equity line of credit, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan, or unsecured loan.

This paper explores elements of on-bill financing program design and provides several examples of on-bill products and services. It includes provisions and precautions for equitable programs and describes important financing program design elements.

DOE: Loan Programs Office

This document provides an overview of Title 17 Innovative Energy Projects: Renewable Energy & Efficient Energy. It includes a summary of loan guarantee eligibility criteria, potential project types, and meeting the “innovation” eligibility requirement.

DOE: Loan Programs Office

This document provides an overview of LPO providing borrowers access to capital, flexible financing, and expert project support to help reinvigorate, advance, and transform America’s energy infrastructure. Also discussed is the value of working with LPO, technology interest areas of renewable energy and efficient energy, and an overview of the loan application process.

DOE: Loan Programs Office

This document provides an overview of debt financing to catalyze commercial deployment of new energy technology in the U.S. by demonstrating operational and financial viability. It includes details on lending capacity and eligibility criteria.

This guide’s objective is to help government entities facilitate financing support in the commercial and residential sectors, with a secondary focus on helping state and local governments finance improvements to their own buildings. It includes financing programs for objectives for state and local governments and key elements of financing programs.