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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Low-Interest Energy Loan Programs   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/30/2014
Program Overview:
State: Idaho
Incentive Type: State Loan Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Lighting, Furnaces , Heat pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Motor VFDs, Agricultural Equipment, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, HVAC; ENERGY STAR appliances
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Small Hydroelectric, Geothermal Direct-Use
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional, Hospitals
Amount:Residential Loans: $1,000 to $15,000
Commercial Loans: $1,000 to $100,000
Maximum Incentive:Residential: $15,000
All others: $100,000
Terms:4% interest with 5-year term
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The Idaho Governor's Office of Energy Resources (OER) State Energy Loan Program offers low-interest loans to make building improvements that will conserve energy and increase energy efficiency projects in Idaho. Loans are leveraged by utility incentives as well as federal and state tax credits and deductions. Loans are 4% interest with 5 year terms. Applications are evaluated on the basis of credit; all loans must be secured with real estate and/or equipment. As of February 1, 2011, loan applicants will be charged credit analysis fees incurred by the Idaho Governor's Office of Energy Resources. Fees for residential loans are $100 and fees for commercial loans are $250. The fee is due after the project analysis is completed and before the credit analysis is initiated. Loans are available for retrofit only, with the exception of some renewable resources. 

  Tammy Japhet
Office of Energy Resources
304 N. 8th Street, Suite 250
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0199
Phone: (208) 332-1660
Fax: (208) 332-1661
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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