programs SECO

LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program

The Texas LoanSTAR (Saving Taxes and Resources) Revolving Loan Program finances energy-related, cost-reduction retrofits of facilities supported by the state, public school districts, public colleges and universities and public hospital taxing districts (10 Tex. Gov. Code §2305.032). Borrowers receive low-interest loans to help pay for these efforts. Applicants repay the loans from the energy cost savings realized by the projects.

Guidelines for project eligibility, fund availability and project funding and repayment are set forth in Comptroller rules (34 Tex. Admin. Code §19.41-45). Twice each year, SECO publishes a Notice of Loan Fund Availability for LoanSTAR loans. The notice is published on the Comptroller's website and on SECO's Funding & Incentives webpage.

Sign up to receive loan fund availability notices and application requirements by email.

As of December 2017, LoanSTAR has funded more than 290 loans totaling more than $457 million. As a result of this financing, the LoanSTAR Program has achieved total cumulative program energy savings exceeding $571 million, a direct savings to Texas taxpayers.

For questions about the LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program, contact Eddy Trevino.

LoanSTAR Technical Guidelines

The LoanSTAR Program requires that a Detailed Energy Assessment Report be prepared according to the following LoanSTAR Technical Guidelines in order to qualify for a LoanSTAR loan: LoanSTAR Technical Guidelines.

LoanSTAR Guidebook, Volume I (Word)

Provides a road map for engineers who will be preparing Energy Assessment Reports for the LoanSTAR Program. Volume I identifies policies to be followed in preparing project calculations and provides the required format for presenting the projects to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) for technical evaluation.

LoanSTAR Guidebook, Volume II (Word)

Provides simplified calculation methods for many common energy savings measures. These calculation methods are reduced to look-up and fill-in-the-blank procedures and are provided as an aid for all analysts who wish to use them.

QuickCalcs Spreadsheets

These Microsoft Excel spreadsheets have been formulated to perform calculations automatically based on user data entry. Users should refer to LoanSTAR Guidebook, Volume II for look-up tables. These spreadsheets require technical judgment for inputs and engineering analysis of resulting calculations; therefore, they are intended to be used by those who have knowledge and experience in performing energy conservation calculations and should be reviewed by a Professional Engineer prior to inclusion in Energy Assessment Reports.