Advanced Energy Job Stimulus Program

July 15, 2021


This bond-funded program creates an Advanced Energy Job Stimulus Fund that is administered through a public process previously managed by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA). Beginning in 2012, the program is managed by the Ohio Development Services Agency. The Program will award funds to a portfolio of advanced energy projects. These projects will serve to attract new investment to Ohio, build upon Ohio's manufacturing strength, advance energy technology development toward commercialization and prepare Ohio's workforce for the future. Detailed definitions of eligible advanced energy projects and renewable energy resources may be found in ORC 3706.25.

House Bill 166 renewed the Advanced Energy Job Stimulus program to be funded by the Advanced Energy Job Fund, effective July 18, 2019. 

Funding Categories
The $150 million advanced energy money (over three years) seeks to increase the development, production and use of advanced energy technologies in the state, and is divided in the following manner:
• $66 million for clean coal technology projects administered through OAQDA’s Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) (reviewed by the Technical Advisory Committee and approved by OAQDA); and
• $84 million for non-coal-related projects in three $28 million annual appropriations administered by OAQDA (reviewed by the Development Finance Advisory Council, approved by the OAQDA and brought before Controlling Board for final approval).

Project Financing
OAQDA provides financing via conduit bonds for a broad range of projects involving the purchase, construction and/or installation of air quality facilities by businesses and other entities. It is important to note that this program provides forgivable and non-forgivable loans ONLY. The Ohio Constitution does not allow grant awards for this program. All OAQDA financing instruments are conduit bonds that:
• May be exempt or non-exempt from federal income tax.
• Enjoy 100 percent lifetime exemption from state income tax, real property, sales and use taxes.
• Are based on a credit analysis of the benefiting party and must identify the revenue sources that cover principal and interest payment.

As a general guideline, awards will range from approximately $50,000 to $2 million, based on size and scope and on jobs, investments and other impacts and may be considered for higher awards if outstanding potential value is demonstrated. Additionally, five percent of the fund may be set aside for small awards (generally in the range of $50,000) to support disruptive technologies with significant potential for success, even if they are in earlier stages of development. For more information about OAQDA project financing, please visit the OAQDA web site.

For highly qualified applicants, loans could be structured a number of ways including below market rates, subordinate collateralized positions with participating financial institutions and/or varying principal payments for a specified period of time. It should be noted that projects receiving assistance through this program may be subject to Ohio prevailing wage requirements. Applicants should review these guidelines carefully.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Industry Recruitment/Support
Web Site:
Administrator: Ohio Development Services Agency
Start Date: 06/12/2008
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Process Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Landfill Gas
  • Heat recovery
  • Other EE
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Incentive Amount: $50,000 to $2 million


Name: ORC 37 § 3706.25 et seq
Date Enacted: 06/12/2008
Effective Date: 06/12/2008


Name: Megan Zemke
Organization: Ohio Air Quality Development Authority
Address: 50 W Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
Phone: (800) 225-5051

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.