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Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs:

A Guide for States and Municipalities

photo: © Dennis Schroeder/NREL

photo: © Dennis Schroeder/NREL

On January 3, 2017, Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) announced a new guidebook which was written by Travis Lowder from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for CESA’s Sustainable Solar Education Project.

States’ policies and programs are now clearly the main driving force for renewable energy progress in the U.S. They can play an important role in spurring local lending for residential rooftop PV installations.

With this guidebook, Clean Energy States Alliance (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 30-page guide describes general factors that 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.

Download the guide at: Learn more about CESA at NREL’s website is

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