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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program - $30 Million

The purpose of this program is to increase the amount of installed renewable energy in Texas. Additionally, the purpose is to further develop Texas' renewable energy potential, assist in meeting the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard target of 10,000 megawatts by 2025 and advance the market for renewable technologies. Such technologies must abide by the SEP definition of renewable energy (non-depletable source of energy) and would include biomass, geothermal, solar, water (hydro) and wind. This will be a statewide program and will be accomplished through a competitive grant process for governmental entities to install and demonstrate the effectiveness of commercially-available renewable energy technologies for electricity generation. Governmental entities may include units of state and local government, public schools, public colleges and universities, public hospitals and government-owned utilities. A specific minimum size has not been determined, as there are some entities in the state such as public schools that may want to install small-wind projects that may be less than 10KW. SECO may allow smaller systems under 10 KW at public institutions. However, no residential or commercial buildings will be eligible for funding.

Request for Application (RFA):

Request for Applications for the Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program are now available on the Comptroller's Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) site. Cities, counties, school districts and other local and state government entities can apply for competitive grants.

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Stimulus Funds Ready for Public Sector Renewable Energy Installations

(AUSTIN) — More federal stimulus funds are now available for local and state government agencies looking for long-term energy savings. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today that requests for applications are open for $30 million in grants from the Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program. Cities, counties, school districts and other local and state governmental entities can apply for the competitive grants.

The money will help install renewable energy technologies at or near the point of energy consumption in a public facility. Governmental entities can install solar panels, small wind turbines or other types of renewable energy directly at a public facility to generate electricity for the place. This would also reduce the demand on a power plant and cut the greenhouse gas emissions from the plant.

“Having the ability to generate renewable energy on-site at their facilities gives governmental entities tremendous flexibility in meeting electricity needs while helping reduce tax dollars spent on energy costs,” Combs said. “They could look at using these grants at city halls, county courthouses or school campuses, and energy saving opportunities may also exist in places such as libraries and public zoos.”

The grants are capped at $2 million each and can be used for projects that use biomass, geothermal, solar, water (hydro) and wind installations.

The Comptroller’s State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) will administer the federal stimulus grants. Funding guidelines and selection criteria, such as priority for ready-to-go projects that can begin immediately, are part of the application process. Requests for applications were posted today, and governmental entities have until Oct. 30, 2009, to submit applications. More information can be found at www.secostimulus.org.

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Stimulus Dollars Begin to Flow
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) continues to announce more places where stimulus money is to be spent as more funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is allocated.

The DOE Web site has links for funding opportunities offered through the stimulus. Applications for renewable energy projects, advanced fossil energy projects, Smart Grid projects and others will be considered.

The Obama administration also announced US $3.2 billion in funding for local energy efficiency programs in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories and for Native American tribes. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program has the goal of reducing demand for electricity, increasing efficiency and reducing fossil fuel emissions.

Read the entire article on RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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