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SECO Funding Opportunities

Throughout the year, SECO announces various funding opportunities to support efficiency programs. Funding opportunities include Notice of Loan Fund Availability for the LoanSTAR program, Request for Applications for energy efficiency grants and Requests for Proposals for qualified firms to contract with SECO on projects.

Notice of Request for Proposals – Professional Energy Engineering Services for the SECO LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program

Posted July 16, 2024 — Through the LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program, the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) provides low-interest loans to assist Texas public institutions by financing their energy-related, cost-reduction retrofit projects. Loan recipients may be cities, counties, independent school districts, state agencies, public institutions of higher education and tax-supported public hospital districts. The services include providing reviews of loan applicants’ Utility Assessment Reports (also known as Investment Grade Audit Reports) to ensure the reports follow the LoanSTAR Technical Guidelines or adhere to the Performance Contracting Guidelines and fully comply with Department of Energy (DOE) guidelines. The selected firm or firms will provide additional energy-related engineering analyses or technical assistance, among other services.
Submission of questions deadline: July 22, 2024
Proposals due date: August 16, 2024


Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program RFA will provide reimbursable grants to assist states, local governments and Tribes in implementing strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions and to improve energy efficiency by financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits.
Applications Due: July 26, 2024.


Notice of Loan Fund Availability — LoanSTAR Program

Posted Dec. 22, 2023 — The Texas LoanSTAR (Saving Taxes and Resources) revolving loan program provides low interest rate loans to assist Texas public institutions by financing their energy-related cost-reduction retrofit projects.

Notice: SECO is pausing receipt of LoanSTAR loan applications until August 1, 2024.
Open enrollment through Aug. 30, 2024.