U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Clean Energy Finance Guide for Residential & Commercial Building Improvements

The Clean Energy Finance Guide for Residential and Commercial Building Improvements contains a wealth of information to help state, local, and tribal governments use federal funds to create financing programs that support energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades.

In addition to this online version, the guide is also available in a series of documents by chapter.

About the Guide

Includes an introduction to the guide, acknowledgments, and contacts.

Financing Overview

Features a primer on the major clean energy lending components and options, and information on possible bonding options, risk assessment, and federal tax issues.

Residential Financing

Provides residential financing information on clean energy unsecured lending, loan loss reserve funds, the roles and potential impacts of partners and stakeholders, the path to self-sustainability, the financial institution perspective, and resource requirements.

Commercial Financing

Covers clean energy finance structures and strategies for the commercial sector, commercial property-assessed clean energy financing, and small business financing options for clean energy projects.

Information Resources

Features contract and agreement templates, a summary of additional resources on financing, and a glossary of financing terms used in the guide.


Lists information available in the guide by subject.