U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Financing Overview

When creating a state and/or local financing program, it’s important to understand the major lending components and options, possible bonding options, risk assessment, and federal tax issues.

Primer on Clean Energy Lending – The Major Components and Options

Introduces the five major components of a clean energy lending product: lenders, repayment, capital sources, credit enhancements, and security.

Possible Bonding Options for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financing Programs

Focuses specifically on bonding options, including traditional tax-exempt and taxable bonds, and a suite of new bonding tools resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Risk Assessment

Presents a table highlighting potential risks of unsecured lending products and clean energy finance programs.

Federal Tax Issues Related to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financing Projects

Reviews the tax incentives for financing programs that provide funds to individuals or organizations for the purchase of energy efficiency or renewable energy equipment, systems, or products.