Pennsylvania Green Energy Loan Fund

December 06, 2012


The Pennsylvania Green Energy Loan Fund, administered by The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) will provide loans to finance energy conservation and energy efficiency improvements in buildings throughout Pennsylvania. Eligible borrowers include commercial, industrial, multi-family residential, non-profit, and government entities. The program notably will not provide loans for energy improvements made in single-family residential dwellings.

Supported improvements generally include energy retrofit measures (limited or extensive), equipment replacement, or gut rehabs in existing, occupied buildings. Projects involving new construction may be eligible on a case-by-case basis. The program may also support projects involving combined heat and power (CHP) or on-site renewable energy systems in conjunction with a larger building energy efficiency project. In order to qualify for a loan, a project must result in an estimated energy consumption reduction of at least 25%. Eligible improvements are generally custom in nature, but the following possible improvements are listed in the program application:

  • Air sealing
  • Building insulation
  • HVAC systems and controls
  • Interior and exterior lighting and controls
  • Domestic hot water (heating system and plumbing)
  • Appliances and other plug loads
  • Windows, exterior, doors, and roofs
  • On-site energy systems such as PV, solar water heating, geothermal, wind, biomass, and CHP systems

Loans are available in amounts from roughly $100,000 to $2.5 million. Interest rates will be determined on a case-by-case basis but are generally expected to be from 3.5% to 6.5%. The loan term will be set to correspond to the expected life of the equipment, up to 15 years. Loans will be secured by the financed assets, or other collateral such as personal or corporate guarantees. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The program will operate as a revolving loan program where the fund is replenished by interest and principal repayments made on prior loans. The fund is initially capitalized with $12 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, to which the TRF has added an additional $36 million in leveraged funds. Please see the program web site for additional information and program materials.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Loan Program
Web Site:
Administrator: The Reinvestiment Fund (TRF)
Start Date: 2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Windows
  • Roofs
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Other EE
  • Wind (Small)
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Maximum Loan: $2.5 million loan maximum (approximately)
Loan Term: Interest rates vary on a case-by-case basis, but generally from 3.5 - 6.5%; loan terms determined by life of equipment for up to 15 years; loans secured by financed assets or other collateral.


Name: Program Information - PA Green Energy Loan Fund
Organization: The Reinvestment Fund (TRF)
Address: 718 Arch Street, Suite 300 North
Philadelphia PA 19106-1591
Phone: (215) 574-5800

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.