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

Path to Self-Sustainability

This section addresses how to create self-sustaining clean energy finance programs by focusing on five strategies:

Clean energy finance programs backed by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will support investments in clean energy projects and fill a financing gap in the market. These programs will create jobs, save energy, lower utility bills, improve energy security, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They have an important additional objective: to create finance models that are commercially sustainable and scalable and that will continue even after ARRA grant funds are spent.

Grantees have a limited amount of time to use their ARRA funds to support energy efficiency  and renewable energy  lending projects. Although the federal government may provide funds in the future, it is unlikely the amounts will be at the level of the current State Energy Program and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program ARRA grants. Therefore, it is important for all grantees and program partners to start thinking now about how to make their new financing programs sustainable for many years beyond the life of the original infusion of ARRA funds.

You can download the guide’s entire chapter on the Path to Self-Sustainabilitypdf.