Office of Community Assistance
Ohio Development Services Agency helps small businesses, manufacturers, nonprofits, and local governments implement energy efficiency improvements to lower energy use and costs. Through the Energy Loan Fund eligible applicants receive low-interest financing to install efficiency measures that reduce energy use by 15 percent. Technical assistance is also available to facilitate the required energy audit for potential applicants.
Small businesses, local governments, manufacturers, school districts, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.
Eligible efficiency measures include insulation, LED lighting, energy efficiency lighting technologies, energy management control systems, HVAC upgrades, weather sealing, door and window replacements, combined heat and power systems, and cogeneration systems.
In order for energy distribution technologies and renewable energy technologies to be eligible, they must be a part of a larger energy efficiency project. All projects must achieve 15 percent reduction in energy usage, demonstrate economic and environmental impacts and be included within a long-term energy strategy.
Low-interest loans are available through the fund. Loan amounts vary depending on the project and can be from $250,000 up to $1.25 million. Technical assistance is also available to help eligible applicants identify energy efficiency measures for their facility.
Interested parties can apply via a Request for Proposal (RFP). The current RFP is closed. More information about the next round of funding will be available soon.
Documentation needed to apply for funding includes but is not limited to an overview of the project, projected energy and cost savings, and ASHRAE Level II energy audit or equivalent.
Potential applicants may contact the Office of Community Assistance for assistance with an energy audit.