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Renewable Energy

The development of clean renewable energy is essential to our future, both for energy independence and the preservation of the environment. MassDevelopment supports renewable energy initiatives with several financing options.

Predevelopment Financing

The Brownfields Redevelopment Fund

The Brownfields Redevelopment Fund provides financing up to $100,000 for entities to undertake environmental site assessment of brownfields properties located in Economically Distressed Areas (EDAs) of the state and loans with flexible terms up to $500,000 to clean-up contaminated sites.

Predevelopment Loans

Predevelopment loans are low interest rate loans up to $100,000 with deferred repayment terms to finance predevelopment costs associated with real estate projects.

Real Estate, Equipment and Other Financing

Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs)

MassDevelopment issues CREBs to state and local governmental entities to purchase or construct clean renewable energy generation facilities such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, small irrigation power, and hydropower. CREBs are tax credit bonds – the federal government provides a tax credit to the bondholder in lieu of the issuer paying interest to the bondholder, thereby offering the equivalent of interest-free financing.

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs)

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, MassDevelopment can issue Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds to both governmental and private entities. QCEBs can be used to finance renewable energy facilities as well as implementation of green community programs, technologies to reduce energy use in buildings, mass commuting facilities, and public education programs. Similar to CREBs, QCEBs are tax credit bonds for which the bondholder receives a federal tax credit in lieu of interest from the borrower.

Emerging Technology Fund

MassDevelopment can provide real estate, equipment, and working capital loans and guarantees to emerging technology companies that are starting-up or expanding their manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts.