SC Energy Office offers two-low interest loans for energy efficient improvements. These loans will allow for fleet energy savings such as vehicle conversions and anti-idling equipment in addition to the previously approved, traditional building energy savings measures.
ConserFund is a low-interest revolving loan program administered by the SC Energy Office for energy-efficiency improvements in state agencies, public colleges or universities, school districts, local governments, and private nonprofit organizations. The ConserFund loan can be used to convert fleet vehicles to alternative fuels. The loan can be used to cover the conversion and incremental costs with qualified payback periods. The loan may cover up to 100% of eligible project costs ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 per state fiscal year.
Visit the ConserFund FAQ for more information or download the ConserFund Technical Analysis Guidelines for Fleet Conversions.
Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan (EERL)
The Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan (EERL) program was established through the US Department of Energy/South Carolina Energy Office using “stimulus” funding. It is administered by the Business Development Corporation (BDC) by contract with JEDA. The purpose of the loan fund is to enable business and industry to save money by saving energy. This loan fund can be used for alternative fuel vehicle conversions and incremental costs with qualified project payback periods. The loan may cover up to 100% of the project costs ranging from $50,000 to $1 million and must be repaid after one-and-one-half times the projected payback period of the loan. The fund is also open to other entities including utilities and government agencies.
Visit the EERL FAQ for more information.
Securing funding is critical to the success of efforts to cut petroleum use in transportation. Funding opportunities for Clean Cities projects are available from many sources inside and outside the US Department of Energy (DOE). Funding opportunities are posted to the Clean Cities website.
U.S. Department of Transportation
- Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program: Administered by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, CMAQ funds projects and programs that reduce transportation-related emissions and relieve traffic congestion. Funds are distributed locally through metropolitan planning organizations.
- Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program: The VALE Program is designed to reduce sources of airport ground emissions. The program provides funding for fueling and charging stations, low-emission vehicles, and other airport air quality improvements.
- Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program: The TIGGER Program works with public transit agencies to implement strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use from transit agency operations.
Environmental Protection Agency
- National Clean Diesel Campaign: EPA provides funding for emissions and idle reduction devices, vehicle replacements, and alternative fuel options and other strategies that reduce diesel emissions.
- Grants and Funding Opportunities: EPA provides links to grant programs and information about applying for EPA grants.
- EPA Regions: EPA regional offices can issue funding for projects in their respective geographic areas, which is the case for programs such as Clean School Bus USA.
- Environmental Education Grants Program: EPA's Office of Environmental Education supports projects that enhance public awareness, knowledge, and skills to help citizens make informed decisions that affect environmental quality.
- EPA National Center for Environmental Research Funding Opportunities: This website contains EPA funding opportunities for research, including grants and fellowships, as well as past and present research projects and programs.
Incentives to utilize advanced vehicle technologies