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

Partners and Stakeholders - Roles and Potential Impact

Concentrating on the single-family residential sector, this section looks at the organizations and groups that influence financing programs in that sector. They typically fall into three general categories:

  • Financing Partners/Agents: Organizations with direct involvement in the lending and financing process. Those are the people who touch the money as it flows through the process.

  • Advisors and Enablers: Organizations that provide direct technical assistance, financial planning, and management assistance services to grantees. They may help design and support the process, but do not directly handle the money. (Also see Resource Requirements for information on advisors and the roles they may play.)

  • Other Interested Parties: Organizations that have an interest in or are affected by the loan programs, but are not necessarily directly involved in implementation. They may be people who are not paid for their opinions/advice and do not touch the money; nevertheless, they can have a major impact on how the money flows.

Moving a clean energy loan program successfully from concept to design to implementation involves grantees working with and understanding the perspectives of a wide variety of organizations. Some of those groups will play essential implementation roles, while others may simply have valuable information, interest, or contacts that help grantees come up with an appropriate design likely to succeed given local conditions. Knowing how to work with different partners and stakeholders requires an understanding of what motivates their actions. In other words, “What’s in it for them?”

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