See the list of Round 1: Distributed Renewable Energy Awarded Projects.
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Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program - $53 Million
The purpose of this program is to increase the amount of installed renewable energy in Texas. Additionally, the purpose is 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 will be a statewide program and will be 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 may include units of state and local government, public schools, public colleges and universities, public hospitals and government-owned utilities. A specific minimum size has not been determined, as there are some entities in the state such as public schools that may want to install small-wind projects that may be less than 10KW. SECO may allow smaller systems under 10 KW at public institutions. However, no residential or commercial buildings will be eligible for funding.
As of September 24, 2010, the Round II RFA for the Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program has closed.
- RFA Title: Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Stimulus Grant Program
- Agency Requisition Number: RE-AG2-2010
|Round II - Key Dates||Date|
|Issuance of RFA||08/27/10|
|Deadline for Non-Mandatory Letters of Intent to Apply (2:00 p.m. CST)||09/03/10|
|Deadline for Submission of Questions (2:00 p.m. CST)||09/03/10|
|Official Responses to Questions from Potential Applicants (.doc, 128 KB)||09/10/10, or as soon thereafter as practical|
|Deadline for Submission of Applications (2:00 p.m. CST)||09/24/10 - Late applications will not be considered|
|Grant Agreement Execution / Commencement of Project||As soon as practical|
*Dates may be subject to change
As of August 24, 2010, the Comptroller has awarded competitive federal stimulus grants to the following governmental entities. ARRA Funds Awarded, Match and/or Total Project amounts are not final until contract execution. Note that remaining applications may still be in review.
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.