Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs: A Guide for States and Municipalities

January 3, 2017

by Travis Lowder, NREL, for the Clean Energy States Alliance

jan 2017 report coverStates and municipalities can play an important role in spurring local lending for residential rooftop PV installations.

With this guidebook, CESA aims to help inform state and municipal officials about best practices and the various approaches to opening up the lending marketplace for residential solar. The guide describes general factors state and municipal governments should consider when assessing whether to launch a public solar loan program, explains various loan program design elements, and offers several case studies.

This guidebook was written by Travis Lowder of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for CESA's Sustainable Solar Education Project.

CESA hosted a webinar on this report on January 12, 2017. In this webinar, report author Travis Lowder provided an overview of the new program guide. Benjamin Healey, Clean Energy Finance Director at the Connecticut Green Bank, also presented. These presentations were followed by a Q&A with the audience. Watch it here.