The New Jersey Financial Growth Authority on Monday mentioned it issued a Request for Info in search of particular insights on financing availability and value of capital challenges confronted by New Jersey’s vitality effectivity contractors to tell a possible new Inexperienced Fund bridge financing mortgage program.
The NJEDA is in search of responses from certified entities together with, however not restricted to, capital suppliers, vitality effectivity contractors, New Jersey pure gasoline and electrical investor-owned utilities, nonprofit organizations, researchers and different trade/commerce teams.
The NJEDA plans to launch the New Jersey Inexperienced Fund within the coming months, a part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration’s Power Grasp Plan within the Backyard State. The fund would scale back greenhouse gasoline emissions and promote an inclusive clear vitality economic system by accelerating the deployment of confirmed clear vitality applied sciences. Much like inexperienced banks throughout the nation, the Inexperienced Fund will particularly work on tasks which might be cost-effective and leverage personal capital. This strategy helps be sure that personal financing markets for related tasks will develop over time.
New Jersey Workplace of Local weather Motion and the Inexperienced Financial system Govt Director Jane Cohen famous that the brand new bridge financing mortgage program will make it simpler for small contractors to entry the sources they should compete for tasks in New Jersey’s clear vitality area.
The Inexperienced Fund’s preliminary program is predicted to assist extra industrial vitality effectivity tasks occur in New Jersey. Presently, many industrial vitality effectivity tasks make the most of incentives supplied to enterprise facility homeowners by utility corporations and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The power homeowners, in flip, assign these incentives to vitality effectivity contractors to undertake the bodily retrofit work. As a result of money for a lot of of those incentives is paid out solely after a “efficiency interval” of confirmed vitality effectivity financial savings, the native contractors’ working capital is commonly tied up in tasks they’ve already accomplished. The Inexperienced Fund is exploring programmatic choices to make sure these contractors have entry to enough capital, permitting them to tackle extra tasks, develop their companies and create extra clear vitality jobs.
The RFI seeks enter on a “loan-to-lender” strategy to unravel this problem. This system would make loans out there to certified lending intermediaries who would, in flip, use the funding to make incentive bridge working capital loans to vitality effectivity contractors working in New Jersey.
“The Inexperienced Fund shall be an exceptional device to attach members of the clear vitality sector with the instruments to propel New Jersey away from dependence on fossil gas and towards reaching Gov. Murphy’s objective of 100% clear vitality by 2050,” NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan mentioned. “Firsthand enter from clear vitality stakeholders will assist us to evaluate fashions for bridge financing that may help energy-efficiency contractors.”
The RFI may be discovered right here. Responses to the RFI are due by Jan. 21.