Geothermal Grant & Loan Program

March 29, 2002


The California Energy Commission’s Geothermal Program provides funding to private and public entities for geothermal energy projects. Organizations such as universities, national laboratories, state and federal agencies, and not-for-profit organizations can participate in this program only when in partnership with an eligible local jurisdiction or private for-profit entity. Virtually all aspects of geothermal research, resource development, commercialization, planning and impact mitigation are eligible. The Energy Commission also offers contingent awards that require repayment if the project is successful. At project completion, a contingent award is converted into either a repayable loan or a non-repayable grant. If the Energy Commission finds that the completed project is producing, or is capable of producing, energy cost savings or revenues such that the award can be repaid in full or in part, the award becomes a loan. If the Energy Commission finds that the project is not capable of producing energy cost savings or revenues, the award becomes a grant.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: California Energy Commission
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
Incentive Amount: Varies
Maximum Incentive: Varies
Equipment Requirements: Varies


Name: Mike Smith
Organization: California Energy Commission
Address: 1516 9th Street
Sacramento CA 95814
Phone: (916) 654-4989

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.