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Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program - $53 Million

The purpose of this program was to increase the amount of installed renewable energy in Texas. Additionally, the purpose was to further develop Texas' renewable energy potential, assist in meeting the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard target of 10,000 megawatts by 2025 and advance the market for renewable technologies. Such technologies must abide by the SEP definition of renewable energy (non-depletable source of energy) and would include biomass, geothermal, solar, water (hydro) and wind.

This statewide program was accomplished through a competitive grant process for governmental entities to install and demonstrate the effectiveness of commercially-available renewable energy technologies for electricity generation. Governmental entities included units of state and local government, public schools, public colleges and universities, public hospitals and government-owned utilities.

Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Awarded Projects

In, the Comptroller awarded competitive federal stimulus grants to the following governmental entities.

Award Amount Governmental Entities
$2,200,000.00 University of North Texas - Denton
$2,200,000.00 The City of Lampasas
$2,000,000.00 St. Philip's College - San Antonio
$2,000,000.00 The City of Weslaco
$2,000,000.00 University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas
$2,000,000.00 Carroll Independent School District - Grapevine
$1,998,800.00 City of Bedford - Public Library
$1,832,000.00 The University of Texas at Arlington
$1,713,326.20 The County of Cameron - Harlingen, San Benito, Brownsville
$1,594,369.75 Austin Community College (ACC) - Austin
$1,589,929.63 University of Texas - J.J. Pickle Research Campus
$1,526,474.88 Texas Southmost College (TSC) - Harlingen
$1,519,664.00 El Paso Water Utilities – Bustamante Waste Water Treatment Plant
$1,479,664.00 El Paso Water Utilities – Haskell Street Waste Water Treatment Plant
$1,325,549.00 Palacios Independent School District and Matagorda Independent School District
$1,352,525.00 The City of Houston
$1,320,326.00 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Region I
$1,301,501.00 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Region II
$1,199,472.00 El Paso Water Utilities – Fred Hervey Reclamation Plant
$1,158,316.00 The City of Irving - Irving Public Library
$1,121,208.00 The City of Duncanville
$1,080,000.00 University of Texas - San Antonio
$978,226.00 Texas State Technical College - Waco
$872,809.00 City of Grand Prairie
$827,883.00 Hopkins County - Sulphur Springs
$821,386.00 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin Headquarters
$799,939.00 Adjutant General's Department of Texas Military Forces at Camp Mabry Austin
$794,121.00 The University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio
$750,000.00 Northeast Texas Community College - Denton
$572,400.00 The City of Addison
$564,000.00 The City of Seadrift
$551,200.00 Sinton Independent School District - Sinton
$497,350.00 West Texas A&M University - Canyon
$476,800.00 Shallowater Independent School District - Shallowater
$455,203.00 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Region III
$433,000.00 The City of San Antonio
$431,000.00 Texas State Technical College – Harlingen
$419,600.00 The City of Alpine
$311,396.83 The City of Horseshoe Bay
$260,500.00 University of North Texas - Dallas
$249,117.46 Munday Independent School District - Munday
$159,160.00 City of Henrietta
$143,074.00 Fort Worth Independent School District - Fort Worth
$95,000.00 The City of Sunset Valley - Austin area

Process and Selection Criteria: see details

  • Governmental entities eligible;
  • Request for Applications announcement with a cut-off date for submittal;
  • Cost-reimbursement based contracts;
  • Biomass projects must use Texas grown/harvested/collected crops;
  • Grantees will be required to provide a pre- and post-report;
  • Selection Committee will consist of internal SECO program experts and external participants;
  • Grants capped at $2 million;
  • Eligible technologies include:
    • Biomass
    • Geothermal
    • Solar
    • Water (Hydro)
    • Wind;
  • Installed technology must be grid connected unless it is planned for use during emergency relief;
  • Renewable Energy Credits should be retired; however, the emission reductions can and should be included in the State Implementation Plan in areas of non-attainment; and,
  • Applications will be scored by the following:
    • Ready-to-go projects given priority;
    • Projects must be completed and funds expended by April 30, 2012; Preference given to project completed within 12 – 18 months;
    • Projects that have already conducted a NEPA review (if required) given priority;
    • A minimum of a 20% match required (a larger match will receive additional points);
    • The cost share can be in-kind services or additional secured funding on the project. (An example of in-kind is city or county qualified staff participation and/or equipment use. Cost match can include designated project or bond funds that will increase the proposed project size.);
    • Projected greenhouse gas emissions reduction;
    • Projected number of jobs created/retained (permanent jobs more points);
    • Projected energy savings;
    • Innovative, commercially available technologies; and,
    • While a project's selection is not contingent on including its installation on U.S. EPA contaminated lands such as brownfields, extra points will be given if a project is already planned on such sites in Texas.

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