Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline Jan. 31, 2017

Eligible applicants for the program are Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses.

An estimated $50 million in Budget Authority is available in FY2017 to fund:

  • Grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Guaranteed Loans for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Grants to contact Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Development Assistance

Rural Small Business Projects must be located in a rural area with populations of 50,000 or less. The Agricultural Producer Projects can be located in rural or non-rural areas.

Application Deadlines for the year are as follows:

  • January 31, 2017       REAP Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
  • March 31, 2017          Grants of $20,000 or Less   AND   Grants Greater than $20,000 (unrestricted)
  • Guaranteed Loans are on a continuous application cycle and compete monthly

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline Jan. 31, 2017

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline July 7

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RURAL ENERGY FOR AMERICA PROGRAM (REAP)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications from Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses for funding the installation of Renewable Energy Systems or to make Energy Efficiency Improvements. Rural Small Business projects must be located in a rural area with a population of 50,000 or less, while Agricultural Producer projects have no rural limitations. For this funding round, USDA plans to award up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in guaranteed loans. Additional REAP funds provided by the 2014 Farm Bill will be made available with a subsequent notice.

Applications will be accepted for grants, guaranteed loans, and combined grants and guaranteed loans for the development and construction of Renewable Energy Systems and for the installation of Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. Grants can cover up to 25 percent of total eligible costs, while Guaranteed loans can cover up to 75 percent of total eligible cost.

Eligible projects in the accepted technology areas include: Anaerobic Digesters, Biomass / Biofuels, Geothermal (including electric generation and direct use), Hydropower projects (30 megawatts or less), Hydrogen, Solar (small and large), Wind (small and large), and Energy Efficiency Improvements.

Examples of Energy Efficiency Improvement projects include, but are not limited to: the installation and replacement to more energy efficient motors, pumps, fans, blowers, compressors, grain dryers, irrigation projects, refrigeration units, ventilation systems, windows, insulation, heating systems, lighting systems, and energy shade curtains.
Grant applications & combined grant and guaranteed loan applications are due to the USDA Rural Development State Office or Area Offices, on or before July 7, 2014.

Guaranteed loan only applications will be accepted on a continual basis, but must be submitted by July 31, 2014 to compete for FY2014 funding.

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Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline July 7

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline April 30

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The REAP/Feasibility Grant Program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. It also provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to conduct feasibility study for a renewable energy system. The program is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs.

For the purpose of this Notice, and in addition to meeting the small business size determination as defined under small business in 7 CFR 4280.103, rural small business applicants must demonstrate that the majority (i.e., 51 percent or more) of their past 3 years’ annual receipts from their business operation are derived from a rural area. If the rural small business applicant has not engaged in business operations for the past 3 years, then information for as long as the rural small business applicant has been in business must be submitted.
Expected Number of Awards:     200
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $20,800,000
Award Ceiling:     $250,000

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Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline April 30

Local Government Lighting Upgrade Grants, Deadline May 26

Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration Grants Proposal Solicitation

Agency: Bureau of Energy Systems

Minimum Award: $30,000

Maximum Award: $100,000

Match: The grant covers 90% of equipment costs with the grantee responsible for the remaining 10% of equipment costs plus all labor, training and associated costs. The grantee is also responsible for promoting/educating the public about the project and the benefits of advanced lighting technology

Inquiries Due: May 19, 2011

Applications Due: May 26, 2011

Grand Period: 8/01/11-6/30/12

Summary: This announcement seeks to obtain proposals from Michigan cities, villages, townships and counties to implement indoor and/or outdoor lighting projects that utilize the following technologies: Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), also known as Solid State Lighting; induction lighting; and plasma lighting — also known as High Efficiency Plasma Lighting (HEP). There is approximately $1 million available to fund an estimated 15-20 grants ranging from $30,000 to $100,000. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant program. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. on May 26, 2011. BES estimates that grants will start on August 1, 2011, and run through June 30, 2012. A pre-proposal webinar is tentatively scheduled for May 18, 2011; check the website for webinar details. More details are available from the RFP.

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Local Government Lighting Upgrade Grants, Deadline May 26

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline June 15

EAST LANSING, April 25, 2011 – The United States Department of Agriculture is providing funding of $42 million in grants and up to $61 million in guaranteed loans nationally through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  Funds are available to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses develop renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and conduct studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems.

New to this year’s REAP program is flexible fuel pumps, sometimes referred to as “blender pumps.”  It is intended to provide fuel station owners with incentives to install flexible fuel pumps that will offer Americans more renewable energy options.

Michigan USDA Rural Development will have approximately $800,000 for grant requests greater than $20,000; approximately $482,000 available for grants less than $20,000; and $1.6 million available for REAP guaranteed loans. Once the state allocation has been exhausted, unfunded applications will then compete nationally.

Eligible projects in the 12 technology areas include:

  • anaerobic digesters,
  • biomass / biofuels,
  • flex-fuel pumps
  • geothermal (including electric generation and direct use),
  • hydrogen
  • solar (small and large)
  • small hydropower projects (30 megawatts or less),
  • wind (small and large), and
  • energy efficiency improvements.

 Examples of energy efficiency projects include, but are not limited to:  the installation of more energy efficient motors, pumps, fans, blowers, compressors, grain dryers, irrigation projects, refrigeration units, ventilation systems, windows, insulation, heating systems, lighting systems, and plumbing fixtures.   Please note, costs associated with increases in capacity will be reduced from total eligible project costs.

Grants can cover up to 25 percent of total eligible costs. The minimum energy efficiency grant is $1,500 and maximum is $250,000. The minimum renewable energy grant is $2,500 and maximum is $500,000. For feasibility study grants, the maximum award is $50,000 or 25 percent of eligible study costs, whichever is less. Guaranteed loans can cover up to 75 percent of total eligible cost. Loan limits are a minimum of $5000 and a maximum of $25 Million.

Applications will be evaluated and selected based on the highest scoring projects and will be funded until all funds have been awarded.   To be considered for any 2011 funding, all applications must be completed and received to the USDA Rural Development State Office or Area Offices, no later than June 15, 2011.  Neither complete nor incomplete applications received after this date will be considered for fiscal year 2011 funding.

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Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline June 15

Loans for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects – Cities and Villages

Energy projects may involve one or more of the activities listed below:

Energy Efficiency
• Lighting (e.g. fluorescent T8s/T5s, occupancy/motion sensors, etc.)
• Mechanical systems (i.e. heating, cooling and ventilation equipment)
• Water heating and pumping systems
• Advanced control systems
• Smart Metering systems
• Insulation, sealing, and other building envelope improvements
• Boiler or furnace replacement with a more efficient unit

Renewable Energy
• Solar Electricity/Photovoltaic
• Wind Turbine – 20 KW or smaller.
• Solar Thermal –20 KW or smaller.
• Solar Thermal Hot Water –
• Ground Source Heat Pump – 5.5 tons of capacity or smaller horizontal/vertical, ground, closed-loop system.
• Biomass Thermal

Other activities that meet the federal Department of Energy’s definition of energy efficiency and renewable energy will be considered. Impacted buildings or facilities must be currently occupied and have long range plans of continued use.

Projects must involve an activity and or installation or deployment of a commercially available and proven technology at buildings, facilities, and properties owned and operated by a city or village. Work already completed is ineligible.

Applicants can start work once the loan agreement is signed by DELEG. Only project-related costs that are incurred and paid for after DELEG’s loan execution may be included in the loan request. Applicants assume all financial risk should the DELEG not approve the application or if all loan documents are not executed. If the loan is not approved or executed, the DELEG is not responsible for reimbursement of any costs.

Please call for latest funding availability. Loan amounts will be between $100,000 and $2,500,000 and are limited to materials, supplies and equipment costs only.

This solicitation is open until September 30, 2011. Applications for funding will be reviewed by an evaluation committee, and awarded based on project merit and applicant creditworthiness. The DELEG reserves the right to close the solicitation period at any time.

Applicants must meet minimum credit standards determined by the DELEG Bureau of Energy Systems. Additional information may be requested during the negotiation process.
Interest on approved loans is fixed at 3% for a maximum of 6 years. For those projects with a pollution prevention component are eligible for a lower interest rate. Please contact DELEG for details. Only interest payments will be collected on disbursed loan funds for the first six (6) months starting from the closing date.
After the first six months, loan repayments are made in equal semi-annual installments of principal and interest concluding not later than 6 years after the agreement date.
There is no penalty for early repayment. A promissory note, loan agreement and security agreement are required to secure the loan. The security interest is limited to the materials, supplies and equipment purchased with loan funds. The funds are available on a reimbursement basis. Loan disbursements will be made upon the submission of the vendor’s invoice as well as the other required loan deliverables. Proof of payment is required within 30 days of each loan disbursement.

Loans for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects – Cities and Villages

Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings

According to a post in the Environmental Leader yesterday, Energy Star-qualified commercial building designs have increased by 60%, as 75 new commercial building design projects became Energy Star qualified.

One of the projects, the Lenox Hotel in Boston implemented multiple measures to achieve qualification, including:

  • 610+ low energy windows
  • Super-efficient boilers and heat pumps
  • ENERGY STAR office equipment, and televisions
  • Motion sensors for lighting in intermittent or low-traffic areas
  • An ozone laundry system, avoiding the use of hot water and cleaning chemicals
  • Thousands of Compact and Fluorescent bulbs (saves 58,000 kilowatts each year)
  • Motion sensors on vending machines (saves an additional 21,000 kilowatts per year).

    Note: the last two initiatives alone remove 52 tons of CO2 from of the atmosphere each year!

Saunders Hotel Group is now evaluating solar hot water technology for their Comfort Inn & Suites property – if it is feasible and effective.

How the ROI of the Upgrades

Motion sensors in storage areas/closets, Approx. $500, Payback 1 year, In Engineering budget
Compact Fluorescent Chandelier Bulbs, $5,000, Payback 8 months, In Engineering budget
Separate meter for cooling tower, N/A, Payback 1-3 years, Financed in combination of water utility and Engineering budget

A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners or designers of new or existing commercial buildings that save at least 50% of the heating and cooling energy of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Partial deductions of up to $.60 per square foot can be taken for measures affecting any one of three building systems: the building envelope, lighting, or heating and cooling systems. These tax deductions are available for systems “placed in service” from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2013.
Take the
ENERGY STAR Challenge to find the best opportunities for energy savings, set goals for improvement, and achieve superior energy efficiency.

IRS Notice 2006-52 (6/2/2006) provides guidance on deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings.
IRS Notice 2008-40 (4/7/2008) – Amplification of Notice 2006-52
Qualified Software for Calculating Energy Savings
Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition
For More Information:
Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP)
Energy Policy Act of 2005
IRS Guidance on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (June 2006)
Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (“the Bailout Bill”)
Signed October 3, 2008 by President Bush
Relevant sections are in DIVISION B, Sections 106 (25D) and 302 (25C)
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Stimulus Bill”)
Signed February 17, 2009 by President Obama
Relevant Sections are: DIVISION B, Sections 1103, 1121 (25C) and 1122 (25D)
Department of Energy Web site on Tax Incentives

Commercial Building Design Goals
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_bldg_design.new_bldg_design

Developing a Green Building Policy
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=green_buildings.green_buildings_index

Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings