>> Comptroller Awards First Round of Grants for Renewable Energy Projects - Press Release (3/16/10)
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.
In, the Comptroller awarded competitive federal stimulus grants to the following governmental entities.
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:
- Water (Hydro)
- 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.