Local Option - Municipal Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program (Ohio)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Ohio

Name Local Option - Municipal Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program
Incentive Type Local Loan Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, General Public/Consumer, Industrial, Residential, Real Property Owner
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind, Unspecified technologies, Gasification
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2010-06-17
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Not specified

Start Date 2010-06-17

Terms Interest rates must be below prevailing market rates

References DSIRE[1]


This program is a replica of the Ohio PACE program. Please refer to the Ohio PACE entry for updated information. Ohio enacted legislation (S.B. 232) in June 2010 that authorizes cities and counties to establish revolving loan programs to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that are permanently affixed to residential, commercial or other real property. A revolving loan program generally refers to a loan fund, where the loan repayments and interest are fed back into the fund. In this way, the loan can, in theory, continue indefinitely. By law, the resulting loan programs may only charge interest rates below the prevailing market rate.

SB 232 allows municipalities to establish an alternative energy revolving loan program that assists property owners (not just residents) with installing on their property:

  1. solar photovoltaic projects, solar thermal energy projects, geothermal energy projects and customer-generated energy projects (wind, biomass or gasification facilities for the generation of electricity)
  2. energy efficiency technologies, products and activities that reduce or support the reduction of energy consumption, allow for the reduction in demand or support the production of clean, renewable energy
Municipal Ordinance Procedure

In order to establish an alternative energy revolving loan program, a municipality needs to adopt an ordinance that:

  1. creates an alternative energy revolving loan fund in the municipal treasury
  2. provides a source of money to seed that fund
  3. establishes facilities criteria, procedures and terms and conditions for making loans from that fund
  4. specifies that property owners may repay loans in installments, which may be paid and collected as if they were special assessments; specifies that loan repayments and investment earnings are credited to that fund
  5. establishes other measures that are necessary for the proper operation of the program to encourage alternative energy and energy efficient technologies

Alternative energy revolving loan programs must submit a quarterly report to related distribution utilities detailing loan supported energy projects and provide additional information as necessary for utilities to count energy efficiency and demand reduction credits.

Contact your local government to find out if it offers financing for renewable energy and/or energy efficiency through this option.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: ORC 717.25
Date Effective 2010-06-17
Date Enacted 2010-06-17

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


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"