Federal Grant Program

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States offer a variety of grant programs to encourage the use and development of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures. Most programs offer support for a broad range of technologies, while a few programs focus on promoting one particular technology, such as photovoltaic (PV) systems. Grants are available primarily to the commercial, industrial, utility, education and government sectors. Most grant programs are designed to pay down the cost of eligible systems or equipment. Others focus on research and development, or support project commercialization. In recent years, the federal government has offered grants for renewables and energy efficiency projects for end-users. Grants are typically available on a competitive basis. [1]


Federal Grant Program Incentives

Incentive Incentive Type Place Applicable Sector Eligible Technologies Active
2003 Climate Change Fuel Cell Buy-Down Program (Federal) Federal Grant Program United States Commercial
Nonprofit
Schools
Local Government
State Government
Fed. Government
Fuel Cells No
Tribal Energy Program Grant (Federal) Federal Grant Program United States Tribal Government Building Insulation
Caulking/Weather-stripping
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Duct/Air sealing
Lighting
Lighting Controls/Sensors
Water Heaters
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Boilers
Central Air conditioners
Chillers
Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
Furnaces
Programmable Thermostats
Refrigerators
Roofs
Siding
Windows
Wind
Yes
U.S. Department of Treasury - Renewable Energy Grants (Federal) Federal Grant Program United States Agricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Biomass
CHP/Cogeneration
Fuel Cells
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Geothermal Electric
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Microturbines
Municipal Solid Waste
Ocean Thermal
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
No
USDA - High Energy Cost Grant Program (Federal) Federal Grant Program United States Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Municipal Utility
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
Biomass
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Hydroelectric energy
Wind
Yes
USDA - Repowering Assistance Biorefinery Program (Federal) Federal Grant Program United States Agricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Investor-Owned Utility
Local Government
Municipal Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
State Government
Tribal Government
Utility
Construction
Biodiesel
Biomass
Ethanol
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Yes
USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants (Federal) Federal Grant Program United States Agricultural
Commercial
Institutional
Local Government
Rural Electric Cooperative
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
Public Power Entities
Anaerobic Digestion
Biomass
CHP/Cogeneration
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Geothermal Electric
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Hydroelectric energy
Hydrogen
Microturbines
Ocean Thermal
Photovoltaics
Renewable Fuels
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Water Heat
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
Value-Added Producer Grant Program (Federal) Federal Grant Program United States Agricultural Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Hydroelectric energy
Anaerobic Digestion
Renewable Fuels
Ethanol
Biodiesel
No
Weatherization Assistance Program (Federal) Federal Grant Program United States Low-Income Residential Solar Water Heat No

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References

  1. DSIRE Glossary