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Funding and Incentives

SECO Funding Opportunities

Sept. 2016

Request for Applications — Clean Energy Incubator Program

Posted Sept. 9, 2016 — SECO seeks applications from public higher education institutions in Texas seeking to create or expand existing Clean Energy Incubator Programs.

May 2016

Request for Applications — LoanSTAR Pilot Program

Posted May 27,2016 — 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: November 15, 2016.

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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