California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center

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  • Loan
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The CLEEN Center provides direct public financing to Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals  to help meet the State’s goals for greenhouse gas reduction, water conservation, and environmental preservation.




The CLEEN Center offers two programs: the Statewide Energy Efficiency Program (SWEEP) and the Light Emitting Diode Street Lighting Program (LED). Financing can be through a direct loan from IBank or through publicly offered tax-exempt bonds in amounts from $500 thousand to $30 million.


  • Solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric


  • Energy efficiency retrofits, LED lights, building automation and controls, environmental mitigation, water treatment and distribution

Energy Storage

  • Transmission and distribution, electrical vehicle charging stations

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Eligible Applicants Include, but are not limited to, any subdivision of a local government, including cities, counties, special districts, assessment districts, joint powers authorities and non-profit corporations (as deemed eligible), municipalities, public universities, schools and hospitals.

Eligible Geographies:


Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Other

Funding Source Notes:

Sources of Financing Repayment:   Water, sewer and other enterprise revenuesGeneral fund revenuesProperty assessmentsMello-RoosSpecial taxesOther recurring revenues acceptable to IBank

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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