Renewable Energy

USDA Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities where the average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275% of the national average.

Maritime Energy Conservation or Efficiency Pilot/Demonstration Project RFP

The Maritime Administration, Office of Environment is issuing this request for proposals (RFP) for projects that demonstrate shipboard energy conservation or efficiency measures.

Background: Over the past several years, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) has been partnering with government agencies, industry, and academia on efforts to reduce vessel and port emissions, as well as efforts to support the use of alternative fuel and energy sources. Currently, MARAD would like to focus on exploring and supporting proposals focused on shipboard energy efficiency and conservation.

USDA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP) provides loans to finance energy efficiency and conservation projects for commercial, industrial, and residential consumers. With the EECLP, eligible utilities, including existing Rural Utilities Service borrowers can borrow money tied to Treasury rates of interest and re-lend the money to develop new and diverse energy service products within their service territories.

Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for its Rural Energy for America Program. The program provides grants and guaranteed loans to farmers and small businesses to support the installation of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. Applicants may apply for grants up to 25% of the total project costs. Energy efficiency grants can range from $1,500 to $250,000 while renewable energy grants range from $2,500 to $500,000. Examples of former projects include, but are not limited to, the installation of:
  • wood pellet boilers
  • solar panels

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program - Antelope Valley AQMD

The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District's (AVAQMD) Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentive Program has realized tremendous growth in the past few years. Emissions from vehicles are the largest contributor to locally generated air pollution in the Antelope Valley. The AVAQMD's Governing Board has made it a priority to provide local residents various opportunities to convert from their existing, higher emitting vehicles to newer, cleaner vehicles.