• Public School Districts
  • Charter Schools
  • County Offices of Education
  • State Special Schools

More information is in the program opportunity notice for PON-22-001.

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-22-001.

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

More information is in the program opportunity notice for PON-22-001.

The program opportunity notice for the zero percent loan program is PON-22-001, and is available to public school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and state special schools.

  • Maximum loan amount is $3 million for energy efficiency, and energy generation projects, or $5 million for projects the incorporate electric vehicle charging infrastructure and/or energy storage systems.
  • 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 Agreement

See the program opportunity notice for PON-22-001.

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