The Loan Enhancement Program enables bank and other lending institutions to provide up to 90% fixed asset financing by guaranteeing that the portion of the loan exceeding the bank’s lending guidelines. The BFA will guarantee the portion of the loan over the bank’s lending limits, with a maximum guarantee of $250,000 or 20% of the project cost. To be eligible businesses must have at least 25 employees and display proof of adequate cash flow.
New Hampshire requires all utilities selling electricity in the state to offer net metering to customers who own or operate systems up to one megawatt (1 MW) in capacity that generate electricity using solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, tidal, wave, biomass, landfill gas, bio-oil or biodiesel. CHP systems that use natural gas, wood pellets, hydrogen, propane or heating oil are also eligible.* The aggregate statewide capacity limit of all net-metered systems is 50 MW.
The Guarantee Asset Program provides indirect financing to capital-intensive companies by guaranteeing up to 90% of a bank loan. To be eligible for a loan through GAP, a New Hampshire business must have at least 25 full-time employees, and provide collateral with a recent market appraisal of 1.25 times the original principal value. Forty percent of the loan may be used for working capital.
The Groundwater Discharge Permitting and Registration Program seeks to protect groundwater quality by establishing standards, criteria, and procedures for wastewater discharges. The program regulates commercial discharges to groundwater to minimize improper disposal of waste and wastewater containing any industrial and commercial wastes.
In July 2010, New Hampshire enacted legislation (SB 327) requiring investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives to disclose the energy sources of their electricity and the environmental characteristics associated with their electric service. In September 2011, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the content and format for a standard disclosure label to convey this information. Utilities must distribute the label to customers at least once annually, and must make the label available online and update it at least once annually.
New Hampshire's forests are managed by the Department of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Forests and Lands. The Department issued in 2010 its Statewide Assessment and Strategies documents: