City of Lowell - BLEU Projects Program

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Massachusetts

Name City of Lowell - BLEU Projects Program
Incentive Type Local Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Multi-Family Residential
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Duct/Air sealing, Furnaces, Lighting Controls/Sensors
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2012-08-08
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
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

Equipment Requirements Buildings must achieve an improved energy efficiency of 15% or greater

Maximum Incentive With loan and rebate $5,000 - $500,000


References Database of Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency DSIRE


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) BetterBuildings 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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Tom Heslin
Department BetterBuildings Lowell
Address 375 Merrimack St
Place Lowell, Massachusetts
Zip/Postal Code 01852
Phone (978)-674-4252


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1.  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"