Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory just released a new Policy Brief on NYSERDA’s Green Jobs-Green New York Program. It focuses on their recent effort to extend EE financing to underserved households. Prior to the launch of GJGNY, NYSERDA used Fannie Mae Energy Loans to provide program participants with access to financing to overcome the upfront cost barrier of energy upgrades. The underwriting standards for this unsecured loan product, including a minimum decision credit score of 640, made financing inaccessible to many New York households—in recent years, approximately 30 percent of loan applications were rejected. The new GJGNY financing platform is an effort to reduce this rejection rate by using alternative underwriting criteria to qualify creditworthy households for financing. This program is still in a very early stage, but may be of interest to this group.
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