• Cities
  • Counties
  • Special Districts
  • Public Colleges/Universities
  • Public Care Institutions/Public Hospitals
  • California Native American Tribes located in California that are on the Native American Heritage Commission’s contact list

Residential, commercial, and private nonprofit institutions are not eligible.

More information is in the program opportunity notice for PON-22-002.

Projects with proven energy or demand cost savings or both are eligible. Examples of projects include:

  • Lighting system upgrades.
  • Pumps and motors.
  • Streetlights and LED traffic signals.
  • Energy management systems and equipment controls.
  • Building insulation.
  • Energy generation including renewable and combined-heat-and-power projects.
  • Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment.
  • Water and wastewater treatment equipment.
  • Load-shifting projects, such as thermal energy storage.
  • Energy storage systems.
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure used to power public fleets.

Proposed projects must be technically and economically feasible.

More information is in the program opportunity notice for PON-22-002.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are awarded. Contact the California Energy Commission for funding availability before applying. 

More information is in the program opportunity notice for PON-22-002.

The program opportunity notice for the 1 percent loan program is PON 22-002 and is available to cities, counties, special districts, public colleges or universities, public care institutions, public hospitals, and California Native American Tribes located in California that are on the Native American Heritage Commission’s contact list.

  • Maximum loan amount is $3 million.
  • Loans must be repaid from energy cost savings or other legally available funds within a maximum of 20 years.
  • Loans with a simple payback period greater than 20 years can be partially funded.
  • The loan term cannot exceed the useful life of loan-funded equipment.
  • Only approved project-related costs with invoices dated within the executed term of the loan are eligible to be reimbursed from loan funds.
  • A promissory note and a loan agreement between the applicant and the California Energy Commission are all that are required to secure the loan.

Sample Loan Agreements

See the program opportunity notice for PON-22-002  for more information.

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