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Grid Alternatives photo - Delta Montrose Electric Association community solar project June 2016

Community shared solar is expanding rapidly as a model ownership structure for solar PV. By offering customers an option to purchase or lease part of a larger solar array instead of having to purchase the entire system, the model greatly expands participatory opportunities to a large new market segment of citizens and customers, with very low or no cost to local government. Sourcehttp://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/downloads/community-shared-solar-expansions-underway-solar-america-communities

See also -

NREL Report, A Guide to Community Solar: Utility,  Private, and Non-Profit Project Developmenthttp://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy11osti/49930.pdf


Green tariffs, also known as green riders, allow a business to contract with a utility for the construction of a new renewable energy project, while also paying its share of costs for the use of existing infrastructure to back up the project. The utility gains a benefit as well, by recovering its reasonable costs, charging for traditional power, building the customer base, and encouraging further economic development. http://www.wri.org/sites/default/files/green-tariff-design-final.pdf.  See alsohttp://www.wri.org/print/43939


US DOE Solar Decathlon 2009 photo by L Barnhart


Department of Energy

Financing Programs for Clean Energy


Description: The Energy Department supports a number of grant, loan and financing programs. Learn more about these programs and how they can help you -- whether you are a startup energy business looking to launch a pilot project, a company with proven technology that needs help reaching commercial scale, or a state, local or tribal government looking for funding resources for energy projects.

Environmental Protection Agency

Clean Energy Financing Programs


Description: Financing Program Decision Tool — Helps choose the best program(s) for a jurisdiction from among the following options:
Revolving Loans
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Credit-Enhanced Private Loans
HUD PowerSaver
On-Bill Repayment
Energy Efficient Mortgages
Performance Contracting
Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) / Solar Leasing

Small Business Administration

State and Local Energy Efficiency Programs


Description: a listing of state, local and regional programs that help small businesses become energy efficient. These programs offer financial assistance in the form of grants and loans for making energy efficient upgrades. Grants are also available to firms developing energy efficient technology. These programs also offer free or low-cost technical assistance to help small business owners conduct energy audits and implement energy efficient technology.

Green Power and Renewable Energy


Description: After addressing energy-efficiency opportunities available in your facility, you may also want to consider renewable energy. Renewable energy refers to electricity supplied from energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, and biomass.




New Mexicohttp://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ECMD/CleanEnergyTaxIncentives/cleanenergytaxincentives.html

North Carolinahttp://www.cleanenergyauthority.com/solar-rebates-and-incentives/north-carolina/






Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) - state and local governments can sponsor PACE financing for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural energy efficiency, renewable energy production, water conservation projects.  PACE pays for 100% of the project's costs and is repaid for up to 20 years with an assessment added to the property's tax bill.  PACE financing is attached to the property upon sale and can be added to rental costs.  States that have active PACE programs include: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey,  New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin.


Tribal Climate Change Guide


Description: The Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide is intended to provide up-to-date information on grants, programs and plans that may assist tribes in addressing climate change through a broad range of sectors.


NREL photo- A modular PV system is installed at a remote Navajo home to provide cost-effective electricity.

Department of Energy Start Program for Tribes 

Weblink: http://energy.gov/indianenergy/request-technical-assistance

Description: technical assistance for energy projects

New Mexico Small Business Assistance

Weblink:  http://www.NMSBAprogram.org

Description:  For-profit small businesses located in New Mexico qualify for technical assistance from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories in the form of research hours.

Department of Energy Small Business Voucher Pilot

Weblink: http://www.sbv.org

Description:  Launched by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, the Small Business Voucher Pilot will match selected clean energy for-profit U.S. based small businesses with experts from the national labs and give the businesses vouchers valued at $50,000 to $300,000 that they can exchange for national lab technical assistance or use to fund collaborative projects. Vouchers can be used for R&D in advanced manufacturing, bio-energy, buildings, fuel cells, geothermal, solar, water, wind, and vehicles.