Oregon opens $1.5 million renewable energy funding opportunity

By Erin Voegele | December 12, 2014
The Oregon Department of Energy has opened a renewable energy funding opportunity, announcing that up to $1.5 million in grants are available for renewable energy systems. Biomass, landfill gas and biogas are among the eligible technologies.

The Oregon Department of Energy has opened a renewable energy funding opportunity, announcing that up to $1.5 million in grants are available for renewable energy production systems. Biomass, landfill gas solar, biogas, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, wave, tidal or ocean thermal energy technologies that produce electrical energy are eligible.

According to the announcement, eligible applicants must be the owner, contract purchaser or lessee of the system at the time of installation or construction of the proposed system. The applicant must also be a trade, business or rental property owner with a business site in Oregon, or is an Oregon nonprofit organization, tribe or public entity. Eligible systems cannot exceed 35 MW of nameplate capacity and must be located in Oregon.

Individual grants awarded under the funding opportunity must not exceed $250,000 per system, and can cannot exceed 35 percent of the cost of the project.

Applications are due Jan. 23. Those selected to receive grants are expected to be notified in August. A full copy of the funding opportunity announcement is available on the Oregon Department of Energy website.