Underutilized Sources of Public Capital

Underutilized Sources of Public Capital for the Clean Energy Sector

Even in uncomplicated times, accessing capital and other forms of financial support can be challenging. We summarize here a cross-section of federal and, on an exemplary basis, state financial support mechanisms currently available to the clean energy sector, beyond the historic, now waning Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit. These programs—premised on the contribution to our innovation economy, domestic manufacturing and national security of renewables, energy efficiency solutions and storage systems—are available to developers, entrepreneurs, and investors. They offer a diverse quiver of arrows ranging from direct loans and grants, through loan guarantees and tax benefits, to opportunities for R&D collaboration with this nation’s National Laboratories. We specifically highlight underutilized programs, but also include programs that, however well known in some circles, may now engage a broader coalition. Collectively, these financial support systems, some competitively awarded, are expected to allocate tens of billions of dollars across the spectrum of clean energy ventures and projects. They also may carry collateral benefits, reputational and otherwise.

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