Oregon program offers $1.5 m for renewable projects
The Oregon Department of Energy offers grants to develop green energy projects. To be considered for a grant, applications must be received by the ODOE by Jan. 23, 2015
The Oregon Department of Energy has opened its window for applications for $1.5 million in grant money for renewable energy production projects in the state.
The state hopes the grants, which are being offered through a Renewable Energy Grant program, will encourage a range of development. For example, projects can receive points for location in low-density areas that suffer from high unemployment rates. They also can gain points for technological resource diversity.
“We really want to see diversity in the types of systems (that would be used): biomass, solar, wind, biogas, wave or other ocean technology,” said Rachel Wray, communications manager for the ODOE.
With $1.5 million available, the ODOE believes opportunities exist for a wide range of project sizes.
“Historically, we have given to large and small projects,” Wray said. “It’s been a really good mix.”
To be considered for a grant, applications must be received by the ODOE by Jan. 23, 2015. All applications will undergo an initial review to make sure packets are complete. Applications may undergo a secondary review, depending on the number of projects submitted, Wray said. The final review stage will focus on technical aspects.
All applicants should have an idea of where they stand in the review process by March or April 2015, Ray said. The state hopes to announce the projects selected to receive grants in August.
For more information about the RED Grant program and details about submitting projects, visit www.oregon.gov/energy/BUSINESS/Incentives/docs/EIP-Renew-Grant-OA.pdf.
Source: DJC Oregon