Small Business Energy Loan Program (Vermont)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Vermont

Name Small Business Energy Loan Program
Incentive Type State Loan Program
Applicable Sector Commercial
Eligible Technologies Equipment Insulation, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Steam-system upgrades, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Doors, Siding, Roofs, CHP/Cogeneration, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, LED Lighting
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Maximum Incentive 350,000

Terms Determined on a case-by-case basis; maximum loan term of 10 years with a maximum 15 year amortization
Program Administrator Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA)

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


The Small Business Energy Loan Program (SBELP) is one of four loan programs under Vermont's Sustainable Energy Loan Fund. The Fund, created in 2013, is administered by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). The SBELP provides loans to businesses for smaller renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

The maximum loan amount is $350,000, and VEDA will only fund up to 40% of the project. The remainder is typically funded 50% by a bank and 10% by the borrower. Loans are provided at fixed rates; current rates can be found here . Loan terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, but the maximum loan term is 10 years with a maximum 15 year amortization.

Fees associated with SBELP loans include a 1.25% commitment fee ($250 minimum and $2,000 maximum), a $50 credit report fee, an $18 flood insurance certification (if required), an appraisal reimbursement (if applicable), document recording and discharge fees, and a $100 application fee.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Steve Greenfield
Department Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA)

Place Montpelier, Vermont
Phone (802) 828-5459


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

Authority 1: H. 395 (Act No. 87)
Date Effective 2013-06-17
Date Enacted 2013-06-17

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


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