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Overview of the Loan Programs Office
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

LPO currently has more than $40 billion in available loans and loan guarantees in the following areas: 

 

INNOVATIVE ENERGY PROJECTS

The Title 17 Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program offers loan guarantees to accelerate the commercial deployment of innovative energy technology. Eligible projects for the Title 17 program must:

  • Utilize a new or significantly improved technology; 
  • Avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases; 
  • Be located in the United States; and,
  • Have a reasonable prospect of repayment. 

Loan Guarantees

Innovative Clean Energy: Fossil Loan Guarantees
Loan guarantees for commercial-scale, innovative fossil projects
Innovative Clean Energy: Nuclear Loan Guarantees
Loan guarantees for commercial-scale, innovative nuclear projects
Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantees
Loan guarantees for commercial-scale, innovative clean energy projects
Distributed Energy Projects
Guidance for Distributed Energy Project eligibility under the Innovative Clean Energy and Innovative Clean Energy: Fossil solicitations
Electric Vehicles & Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Guidance on loans and loan guarantees for the deployment and manufacture of EV and alternative fuel vehicles infrastructure

AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING

The ATVM loan program provides direct loans to automotive or component manufacturers for reequipping, expanding, or establishing manufacturing facilities in the U.S. that produce fuel-efficient advanced technology vehicles or qualifying components, or for engineering integration performed in the U.S. for advanced technology vehicles or qualifying components.

DIRECT LOANS

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program (ATVM)
Direct loans to support U.S. manufacturing of fuel-efficient, advanced technology vehicles and qualifying components
Electric Vehicles & Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Guidance on loans and loan guarantees for the deployment and manufacture of EV and alternative fuel vehicles infrastructure

TRIBAL ENERGY PROJECTS

The Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) can guarantee up to 90 percent of the unpaid principal and interest due on any loan made to a federally recognized Indian tribe or Alaska Native Corporation for energy development. 

PARTIAL LOAN GUARANTEES

Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP)
Direct loans and partial loan guarantees for tribal energy development projects

HOW TO BEGIN

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact LPO for a no-fee, no-commitment, pre-application consultation prior to submitting a formal application. Pre-application consultations allow potential applicants to begin a dialogue directly with LPO staff to help LPO learn more about the project and to help ensure that applicants fully understand DOE's requirements and processes. Request a pre-application consultation by emailing lpo@hq.doe.gov.

Projects that are ready to proceed with a formal application or to continue an application should visit https://apply.loanprograms.energy.gov/