City of Lowell - BLEU Projects Program

August 09, 2012


 The City of Lowell BLEU Projects Program offers rebates and loans to commercial and multifamily properties located in the downtown Historic District for implementing energy efficient measures in their buildings. Eligible projects must achieve a 15% improved energy efficiency to qualify for rebate and loan. Chosen projects will receive a whole building energy analysis to determine the size of the project. Projects can receive a rebate of 1/3 of the project cost up to $250,000, a loan for 1/3 of the cost up to $250,000, as well the property owner matching the savings up to $250,000. Loans are provided through the Lowell Development and Financial Corporation (LFDC) at a 3% rate for up to 10 years. Project areas include: 

  • Lighting
  • Air sealing
  • New boilers
  • Insulation
  • Various other energy efficient upgrades

See program website for more information. 

This Program is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Program. The DOE has awarded over $500 million in federal funds to more than 40 states, local governments, and organizations to administer local programs targeting a variety of building types. Combined, these local programs are expected to improve the efficiency of more than 170,000 buildings through 2013 and save up to $65 million in energy costs annually.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Lighting
  • Boilers
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
Incentive Amount: Rebate: 1/3 of project cost $2,500 - $250,000
Loan: 1/3 of project cost $2,500 - $250,000
Property owner match: $2,500 - $250,000
Maximum Incentive: With loan and rebate $5,000 - $500,000
Equipment Requirements: Buildings must achieve an improved energy efficiency of 15% or greater


Name: Tom Heslin
Organization: BetterBuildings Lowell
Address: 375 Merrimack St
Lowell MA 01852
Phone: (978) 674-4252

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.