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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) Loan Program (PPL Territory)   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/24/2014
Program Overview:
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Local Loan Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Lighting Retrofits, HVAC Upgrades, Building Envelope Improvements, LEED Energy Saving Measures, and other technologies which yield measurable energy savings
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Heat Pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Eastern PJM, including PA and parts of NJ
Amount:Varies by project; may provide up to 100% of financing needs
Minimum $35,000
Maximum Incentive:$1 million
Terms:Vary by project; up to 7 years
Web Site:

NOTE: The program is currently accepting applications for 2% interest loans and leases for municipal and not-for-profit entities located in Pennsylvania for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The applications are due on January 29th, 2015.

The Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) promotes and invests in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and energy education initiatives. Financial incentives are offered as loans to promote clean energy technologies and for projects where energy savings are measurable. Eligible clean technology applications include energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, and clean transportation. Financing terms are customized to the unique requirements of individual projects.The SEF has also developed Energypath, a comprehensive resource intended to assist Pennsylvanians in locating contractors, grants, loans, equipment manufacturers, rebates and technical assistance.

The SEF was founded in November 1999 as a result of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission electric utility restructuring proceedings. The SEF was a key component of the joint settlement with PPL, Inc. (now PPL Electric Utilities Corporation) and the PUC. The fund has collected slightly more than $25 million since opening through a rate surcharge on PPL ratepayers. The surcharge expired and was not renewed at the end of 2006. See DSIRE's summary of Pennsylvania's Public Benefits Funds for more information.

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Sustainable Energy Fund Financing Programs
1005 Brookside Road, Suite 210
Allentown, PA 18106
Phone: (610) 264-4440
Fax: (610) 264-4949
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

While the DSIRE staff strives to provide the best information possible, the DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. make no representations or warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of the information. The DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. disclaim all liability of any kind arising out of your use or misuse of the information contained or referenced on DSIRE Web pages.

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