Funding for Energy Efficiency Projects
When it comes to creating top-notch energy efficiency programs, it sometimes costs money to save money. But Cities may be able to obtain grants and low-interest loans.
NEW: The Lonestar Grant Program is open
The Texas LoanSTAR (Saving Taxes and Resources) Revolving Loan Program provides low-interest loans to assist Texas public institutions by financing their energy-related, cost-reduction retrofit projects. Loan recipients may be cities, counties, independent school districts, state agencies, public institutions of higher education and tax-supported public hospital districts.
All loan disbursements are on a reimbursement basis. Borrowers repay the loans through the stream of energy cost savings realized from the retrofitting. Applications will now be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis during the open enrollment period which ends August 31, 2019.
Gexa Energy identifies energy-saving conservation opportunities for municipal buildings. Gexa Energy Solutions LLC is an Energy Services Company (ESCO) committed to serving businesses, federal, state and local governments.
The World Bank through it’s Energy Sector Management Assistant Division produced a guide to help municipalities determine the best financing tool for each project. This Guide, Financing Municipal Energy Efficiency Projects, contains summaries of illustrative case studies that can help policymakers understand the characteristics of various financing options and identify which are most viable in any given situation.
The Environment Protection Agency
The EPA’s website includes this useful resource list of government administrators looking to fund energy efficiency programs.
State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)
The mission of the State Energy Conservation Office is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment in Texas.
Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, grants.gov provides information not only on energy efficiency grants but rather grants of all kinds. Find information here on over 1,000 grants programs.
Keeping PACE in Texas
Keeping Pace in Texas is a non-profit business association organized for the purpose of promoting Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) financing programs throughout the state of Texas.