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Funding and Incentives

SECO Funding Opportunities

Request for Proposal — Remote/Virtual Energy Audit Services

Posted April 24, 2017 — SECO announces its Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 219f and invites proposals from qualified firms to provide remote/virtual online energy audit services. Comptroller reserves the right to award more than one contract under the RFP.
Proposals due: May 19, 2017.

Notice of Loan Fund Availability — LoanSTAR Program

Posted Jan. 27,2017 — The Texas LoanSTAR (Saving Taxes and Resources) revolving loan program provides low interest rate loans to assist Texas public institutions by financing their energy-related cost-reduction retrofit projects. Application deadline: Aug. 31, 2017.

Request for Proposal — Professional Engineering Services

Posted Dec. 2, 2016 — SECO invites proposals from qualified individuals and independent firms to provide professional energy engineering services for SECO's LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program. Proposals due: Jan. 6, 2017.

Other Funding Resources

Federal & State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) gives information on state and federal efficiency incentives by state, technology type, and incentive type with links to program websites, legislation, tax credits and deductions, rebates, grants, low-interest loans, property and sales tax exemptions, and bond programs.

Renewable Energy Texas Tax Code Incentives

Although the state does not have a program at this time that provides funding of renewable energy equipment on an individual basis, there are tax exemptions available in certain instances. For example businesses that either use or manufacture or install solar or wind energy can receive franchise tax deductions and/or exemptions. There also exists a property tax exemption involving solar, wind, biomass, and anaerobic digestion for business installation or construction of such systems.

Financing Energy Upgrades for K-12 School Districts

This guide focuses on clean energy financing options for school administrators, facility managers, and other K-12 school decision makers who are considering investments in high performance school projects. This guide explicitly focuses on comprehensive energy upgrades, those that involve multiple measures and are targeted toward achieving significant energy savings.

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