Rental Energy Loan Fund

April 03, 2012


The Rental Energy Loan Fund provides financial assistance to owners of residential rental properties to increase the energy efficiency of their buildings. It is designed to assist owners in bringing the property into compliance with the Rental Energy Efficiency Standards. The program is not restricted to low-income owners, and covers a wide range of efficiency improvements for a property. Borrowers must own the property or be purchasing it through a mortgage or contract for deed. The property must contain at least one rental dwelling unit and have been built prior to May 1, 1989.

The maximum loan under this program is $20,000 and the maximum term is 5 years. The interest rate on all loans is 4.0% and there are no penalties for prepayment. On-site building analysis as well as prioritization, decision-making, and submission assistance are also provided. The fund is run by the Center for Energy and Environment's Financial Resources, and is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The loans will not cover improvements made prior to the date of loan application.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Loan Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Center for Energy and Environment
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Building Insulation
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Other EE
Maximum Loan: $20,000 per borrower
Loan Term: 4.0% APR over term of up to 5 years; no penalty for prepayment


Name: Mark Opdahi
Organization: Center for Energy and Environment
Address: 212 3rd Ave North
Minneapolis MN 55401
Phone: (612) 747-6725

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.