OR Renewable Energy Development Grants

Oregon Department of Energy (ODE)


Grant amount: Up to US $250,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 2, 2019

Applicant type: Indigenous Group For-Profit Business Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Overview:

​Renewable Energy Development Grants, or RED grants, support individuals and organizations that are investing in renewable energy systems.

Introduction

ORS 469B.250 through 469B.265 authorizes the Oregon Department of Energy (Department) to provide grants for renewable energy production systems. The statute allows the Department to establish standards and criteria to allocate the available grant funds.

The purpose of this Renewable Energy Development (RED) grant opportunity announcement is to create a competitive review process that follows the requirements of statute and determines which systems using renewable energy resources to produce electricity will receive a RED grant.

The Department has adopted administrative rules to administer this program; see OAR 330-200. This opportunity announcement offers two distinct paths for systems based on their nameplate capacity determined by the continuous, or nominal, output power rating of the inverter or inverters, measured in Alternating Current (AC). For each path, the Department will use the same evaluation criteria listed in section 3.3.

Path one is open to all renewable energy production systems with a nameplate capacity of 300 kWAC or less. Path two is open to all renewable energy production systems with a nameplate capacity greater than 300 kWAC.

Grant Availability

For this opportunity announcement, the Department has approximately $2,000,000 in grant funds available for renewable energy production systems.

The Department has approximately $500,000 in grant funds available for all renewable energy production systems with a nameplate capacity of 300 kWAC or less.

The Department has approximately $1,500,000 in grant funds available for all renewable energy production systems with a nameplate capacity greater than 300 kWAC. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Subject to compliance with the other application requirements, the Department’s competitive review process is open to renewable energy production systems that use biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas or wave, tidal or ocean thermal energy technology to produce electrical energy.
    • A solar technology system is a mechanism or series of mechanisms, including photovoltaic systems, that uses solar radiation to generate electrical energy.
  • An eligible applicant must meet the requirements of statutes, rule, and this opportunity announcement. These requirements include:
    • The applicant will be the owner, contract purchaser, or lessee of the system at the time of installation or construction of the proposed system;
    • The applicant is a trade, business, or rental property owner with a business site in Oregon, or is an Oregon nonprofit organization, tribe or public entity;
    • The system does not exceed 35 megawatts of nameplate capacity; and
    • The system is located in Oregon.
  • A renewable energy production system must meet the definition in ORS 469B.250

Ineligibility:

  • Grants may not exceed 35 percent of the cost of the project and may not exceed $250,000 per system.