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

January 3, 2017

by Travis Lowder, NREL

States 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.