Local 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]


Local Grant Program Incentives

Incentive Incentive Type Place Applicable Sector Eligible Technologies Active
Aspen - Grid-Tied Micro Hydro Grant (Colorado) Local Grant Program Colorado Commercial
Residential
Small Hydroelectric No
City of Boulder - Solar Grant Program (Colorado) Local Grant Program Boulder, Colorado Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Nonprofit
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
City of Chicago - Small Business Improvement Fund (Illinois) Local Grant Program Illinois Commercial
Industrial
Tenant of commercial/industrial
Boilers
Central Air conditioners
Chillers
Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
Equipment Insulation
Furnaces
Heat pumps
Lighting
Programmable Thermostats
Roofs
Windows
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
City of Detroit - SmartBuildings Detroit Grant Program Local Grant Program Michigan Commercial
Institutional
Local Government
Multi-Family Residential
State Government
Boilers
Building Insulation
Caulking/Weather-stripping
Central Air conditioners
Chillers
Custom/Others pending approval
Doors
Furnaces
Heat pumps
Heat recovery
Lighting
Roofs
Steam-system upgrades
Windows
LED Exit Signs
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Hydroelectric energy
Wind
Yes
City of Houston - Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (Texas) Local Grant Program Texas Commercial Ceiling Fan
Central Air conditioners
Chillers
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Compressed air
Duct/Air sealing
Heat pumps
Lighting
Lighting Controls/Sensors
Motors
Refrigerators
Roofs
Water Heaters
Windows
No
City of Santa Monica - Green Building Grant Program (California) Local Grant Program California Commercial
Industrial
Residential
Construction
Multi-Family Residential
Low-Income Residential
Institutional
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
No
City of Seattle - Built Green Grant Program (Washington) Local Grant Program Washington Installer/Contractor
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building No
King County - Commercial Green Building Grants Program (Washington) Local Grant Program Washington Commercial
Institutional
Multi-Family Residential
Nonprofit
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Biomass
Daylighting
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
No
Metropolitan Edison Company SEF Grants (FirstEnergy Territory) (Pennsylvania) Local Grant Program Pennsylvania Commercial
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Schools
Metropolitan Edison Territory of FirstEnergy
Biomass
CHP/Cogeneration
Fuel Cells
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Yes
Penelec SEF of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Grant Program (FirstEnergy Territory) (Pennsylvania) Local Grant Program Pennsylvania Commercial
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Schools
Penelec Service Territory of FirstEnergy (No Residential Grants)
Biomass
CHP/Cogeneration
Fuel Cells
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Energy Storage
Wind
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Yes
Portland - Green Investment Fund (Oregon) Local Grant Program Oregon Commercial
Industrial
Residential
Nonprofit
Local Government
State Government
Fed. Government
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
No
SEF of Central Eastern Pennsylvania Grant Program (PP&L Territory) (Pennsylvania) Local Grant Program Pennsylvania Commercial
Industrial
Nonprofit
Schools
Local Government
State Government
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Landfill Gas
Biomass
Hydroelectric energy
Fuel Cells
Wind
No
Sustainable Development Fund Grant Program (PECO Territory) (Pennsylvania) Local Grant Program Pennsylvania Commercial
Industrial
Nonprofit
Schools
Construction
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Photovoltaics
Landfill Gas
Biomass
Hydroelectric energy
Fuel Cells
Ground Source Heat Pumps
CHP/Cogeneration
Wind
No
Wa Energy Program - State tax rebate program (Washington) Local Grant Program Washington Commercial Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building No
West Penn Power SEF Grant Program (Pennsylvania) Local Grant Program Pennsylvania Nonprofit
Schools
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Photovoltaics
Biomass
Hydroelectric energy
Fuel Cells
CHP/Cogeneration
Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Wind
No

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References

  1. DSIRE Glossary