For both individuals and organizations, the best place to start is DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency). It is the most comprehensive source of information on this topic in the United States. It includes financial incentives including loans, grants, tax breaks and utility rebate programs.
Noteworthy non-residential programs that work with specific groups include:
- The Indiana Office of Energy Development offers grants under the Community Conservation Challenge to community organizations and government entities, including schools.
- Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light (H-IPL) offers free advisory services and occasional grants to faith communities.
- Solar Uniting Neighbors (SUN) grant program awards grants to diverse group of businesses and organizations in northern Indiana, made available through the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development .
- The USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides financial assistance, including grants, to agricultural producers and rural small businesses.
- The S. Department of Energy supports a number of grant, loan and financing programs for businesses and for state, local and tribal governments.
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