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Key Deadlines Date*
Notice of Request for Applications Posted on Texas Register April 1, 2011 after 10 a.m. CT
Issuance of Request for Application on Electronic State Business Daily April 1, 2011 after 10 a.m. CT
Non-Mandatory Letters of Intent/Submission of Questions Due April 8, 2011 2 p.m. CT
Official Responses to Questions Posted April 15, 2011, or as soon thereafter as practical
Application Deadline May 16, 2011 at 2 p.m. CT
Grant Award/Contract Execution June 13, 2011, or as soon thereafter as practical
*Dates may be subject to change

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Notice of Loan Fund Availability (NOLFA) and Request for Application (RFA)

The Comptroller of Public Accounts (Comptroller) State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) will provide low interest loans to assist selected public entities in financing their energy-related cost-reduction efforts utilizing the LoanSTAR revolving loan program.

Purpose of Loan Funding: The Texas LoanSTAR (Saving Taxes and Resources) Program finances energy-related cost-reduction retrofits for state, public school district, public college, public university, and tax-district supported public hospital facilities. Low interest rate loans are provided to assist those institutions in financing their energy-related cost-reduction efforts. The program’s revolving loan mechanism allows applicants to repay loans through the stream of energy cost savings realized from the projects.

Budget Allocation (Amount Available to Award): $33 million.

Who Qualifies: Texas cities, counties, independent school districts, state agencies, public institutions of higher education, and tax-district supported public hospital facilities.

Deadline Information: This RFA notice was published on the SECO website and also posted to the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) after 10:00a.m. Central Time (CT) on Friday, April 1, 2011.

All written inquiries, questions, and Non-mandatory Letters of Intent must be received at the above-referenced address, also called Issuing Office, not later than 2:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday, April 8, 2011.

Applications must be delivered to the Issuing Office to the attention of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Assistant General Counsel, Contracts; Attn: Clay Harris no later than 2:00 p.m. (CT), on Friday, May 16, 2011.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicant must be a Texas city, county, independent school district (ISD), state agency or public institution of higher education, and tax district supported public hospital facilities.
  2. Maximum award per applicant - $5,000,000.
  3. Competitive loans, reimbursement basis.

The Comptroller and SECO will select LoanSTAR recipients based largely on these considerations:

  1. Level of detail contained in the project’s available engineering reports.
  2. Number of individual energy cost reduction measures proposed in the project.
  3. Renewable energy systems incorporated into the project.
  4. Technical ability and experience of the project team.
  5. Location of proposed project.
  6. Public access to the projects’ energy savings information.
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