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USDA - High Energy Cost Grant Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/11/2012
Program Overview:
State: Federal
Incentive Type: Federal Grant Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Unspecified Technologies
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Municipal Utility, Institutional
Amount:$20,000-$3,000,000
Maximum Incentive:$3 million
Installation Requirements:Both grid-connected and off-grid renewable energy installations are eligible
Program Budget:$7 million (June 2012 solicitation)
Start Date:2000
Expiration Date:07/30/2012 (deadline for most recent solicitation)
Web Site: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UEP_Our_Grant_Programs.html
Authority 1:
7 CFR 1709
Summary:

NOTE: The most recent solicitation for this program closed July 30, 2012. Please check the program website for information on future solicitations.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers an ongoing grant program for the improvement of energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities in rural communities. This program began in 2000. Eligibility is limited to projects in communities that have average home energy costs at least 275% above the national average. Individuals, non-profits, commercial entities, state and local governments (including any agency or instrumentality thereof), and tribal governments are eligible for this grant. Individuals must work on a project that will benefit the community in order to qualify. Under the most recent solicitation for projects, a total of $7 million was available for qualifying projects. Under this solicitation grants ranging from $20,000 to $3 million were available for a variety of activities, including:

  • Electric generation, transmission, and distribution facilities;
  • Natural gas or petroleum storage or distribution facilities;
  • Renewable energy facilities used for on-grid or off-grid electric power generation, water or space heating, or process heating and power;
  • Backup up or emergency power generation or energy storage equipment; and
  • Weatherization of residential and community property, or other energy efficiency or conservation programs.

This grant program is not limited to renewable energy or energy conservation and efficiency measures, but these measures are eligible for this grant program.


 
Contact:
  Kristi Kubista-Hovis
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Development, Electric Programs
1400 Independence Avenue, SW Stop 1560, Room 5165-South
Washington, DC 20250-1560
Phone: (202) 720-9545
Fax: (202) 690-0717
E-Mail: Kristi.Kubista-Hovis@wdc.usda.gov
Web Site: http://www.usda.gov/rus
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