Energy Financing Industrial Development Bond Program (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name Energy Financing Industrial Development Bond Program
Incentive Type State Loan Program
Applicable Sector Industrial
Eligible Technologies Custom/Others pending approval, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, CHP/Cogeneration, Anaerobic Digestion, Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount 2 million to 10 million

Maximum Incentive 10 million per applicant; 40 million per company

Terms Interest rates vary from 2.87% for a five-year loan to 4.87% for a 30-year loan
Program Administrator Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority
Date added to DSIRE 2002-04-04
Last DSIRE Review 2005-10-25

References DSIRE[1]


The California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority (the California Power Authority or CPA) is offering below-market rate loans to manufacturing companies that will use the loan for the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems, energy-efficient equipment, or clean distributed generation systems on their own facilities, or manufacturers of renewable energy and/or clean distributed generation systems or components establishing or expanding the manufacturer's California production facilities. Eligible renewable energy technologies include photovoltaics, solar thermal electric, fuel cells, small and large wind turbines, biogas, landfill gas, biomass, and geothermal electric technologies.

Funding for the program includes $30 million of tax-exempt industrial development bonds. Applications are due August 1, 2003. The minimum loan amount is $2 million and the maximum amount is $10 million per applicant, with a limit of $40 million by any one company. Interest rates vary from 2.7% for a five-year loan, to 3.81% for a 10-year loan, to 4.7% for a 20-year loan, to 4.87% for a 30-year loan. Application and issuance fees apply as well as various restrictions on how the money may be used.

To help maintain minimum standards of quality, and to be eligible for the loan, an eligible project should offer the following conditions: - A minimum of a full five year warranty on the entire generating system if installed by a licensed contractor, or a limited five year warranty if installed by the owner; - Installation by an appropriately licensed contractor, or the system owner, and in compliance with appropriate electrical codes; and - Key system components, or the entire generating system, are certified to meet certain established standards, where available.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Energy Finance IDB Specialist - CPA
Department Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority
Division Energy Finance IDB
Address 901 P Street, Suite 142A

Place Sacramento, California
Zip/Postal Code 95814
Phone (916) 651-9750


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"