Loans for Higher Education Institutes to Improve Energy Efficiency
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has established a loan/lease fund for institutes of higher education to improve energy efficiency. Two categories of funding are available for schools to reduce energy consumption: Category I funding will pay for technical and energy audits, the development of Energy Management Plans, and any professional services that contribute to the planning and design of energy reduction systems and measures. Category II funding covers the actual acquisition and installation of energy conservation measures. All projects must be shown to reduce energy consumption, have a positive return on investment, and be able to be repaid within six years. Loan funds may not be used to pay off an existing loan, but may be used to leverage additional third-party financing of energy efficiency projects. An eligible institute of higher education may only have one active loan at a time. Contact: Oklahoma Department of Commerce, State Energy Office, 900 North Stiles, P.O. Box 26980, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0980; 405-815-5347; http://www.okcommerce.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=339&Itemid=425
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