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Federal Funding for State and Local Clean Energy Programs

These federal programs provide funding to state and local governments for clean energy programs and projects. Documents published by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that explain how state and local governments can leverage private funds for their energy programs are also provided.

Learn about types of financing programs available to state and local governments.

Federal Funding Options

The following federal programs provide funding to state and local clean energy programs.

  • EERE Financial Opportunities
    Find available funding opportunities from the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) for companies, consumers, inventors, federal energy managers, and Indian tribes.

  • Environmental Protection Agency Local Climate and Energy Program
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Local Climate and Energy Program provides local governments with peer exchange training opportunities and competitive grant funding along with planning, policy, technical, and analytical information to advance their climate change mitigation and clean energy goals.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Energy Programs
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Energy Program helps small rural businesses become more energy-efficient and produce electricity from renewable energy and renewable fuels from biomass resources.

Resources for Leveraging Private Financing

  • Financing Solutions
    This section of the State and Local Solution Center 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.

  • Federal Finance Facilities Available for Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Clean Energy Deployment
    This DOE document published in August 2013 lists the various federal financing programs for which energy efficiency and clean energy projects qualify, making it easier for state, local, and tribal leaders, along with their partners in the private sector, to find capital for clean energy projects. The following chart is reproduced from this document (3.1) and summarizes federal financing options for clean energy projects for the following federal agencies: the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Treasury provide financial assistance of some time to clean energy programs.

Matrix of Federal Finance Facilities by Type and Agency
August 2013
  USDA DOE EPA HUD SBA DOT Treasury
Loan Guarantee
The Rural Utilities Service – Electric Loan Program

x

           
Rural Development Loan Assistance (Several Programs)

x

           
Rural Development Biorefinery Assistance Program

x

           
7(a) Loan Program        

x

   
504 Loan Program        

x

   
Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program          

x

 
Other Credit Enhancement
Rural Development Loan Assistance (Several Programs)

x

           
Rural Development Repowering Assistance Program

x

           
Federal Housing Authority Risk Sharing      

x

     
Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program          

x

 
Market Rate Debt
Rural Development Loan Assistance (Several Programs)

x

           
Small Business Lending Fund            

x

Rehabilitation Mortgage Assistance – Section 203(k) loans      

x

     
Energy Efficient Mortgage Program      

x

     
Power Saver Home Improvement Loans Pilot Program      

x

     
Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program      

x

     
Refinancing Existing Multifamily Housing      

x

     
Supplemental Multifamily Loans      

x

     
Small Business Investment Company      

x

     
Below Market Debt
The Rural Utilities Service – Electric Loan Program

x

           
Clean Water State Revolving Fund    

x

       
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund    

x

       
Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program          

x

 
Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds            

x

Performance Contracting
Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Federal Buildings  

x

         
Public Housing Energy Performance Contracts      

x

     
Tax Credit
New Markets Tax Credits            

x

Grant
The Rural Utilities Service – Electric Grant Program

x

           
Rural Development Grant Assistance (Several Programs)

x

           
Public Housing Capital Fund      

x

     
Payment
Rural Development Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

x