Tennessee Solar Institute - Solar Innovation Grant Program (Tennessee)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Tennessee Solar Institute - Solar Innovation Grant Program|
|Incentive Type||State Grant Program|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Industrial|
|Eligible Technologies||Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Unspecified technologies|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Amount|| Process Improvements: 500,000|
Facilities and Equipment Improvements: 500,000
|Installation Requirements|| The Tennessee Solar Institute must give pre-approval and grant agreement execution before the project begins.|
Only for-profit applicants already in Tennessee and deemed by TSI to be in the "Solar Value Chain" are eligible.
|Program Administrator||Tennessee Solar Institute|
|Date added to DSIRE||2010-09-01|
|Last DSIRE Review||2011-04-07|
Note: The Tennessee Solar Institute (TSI) has now awarded all grant money alotted to the Solar Innovation Grant Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. TSI is not currently accepting applications for new grants. This entry is for historical purposes only; the program will reopen if more funding becomes available.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development started the Tennessee Solar Institute in 2009 with a $29 million grant to the University of Tennessee. The Tennessee Solar Institute (TSI) reopened commercial Solar Innovation Grants with $7.25 million of Volunteer State Solar Initiative Solar Opportunity funds for a second application round. The Solar Innovation Grants are available for a variety of purposes within the solar industry, including training programs, lowering the cost of production through process improvements, increasing use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in operations.
Applicants can submit up to six grants under the Solar Innovation Grants' requests for proposals. TSI will provide 20% of the requested funds at the time the grant is awarded. The rest will be administered along with project deliverables and reporting documents. After the project is completed and all reports are turned in, TSI will conduct an audit and release the final funds. Projects must comply with Buy American, NEPA, Davis-Bacon Act, and the Tennessee Prevailing Wage Law, and applications must be submitted by 6pm on January 20, 2011.
The Tennessee Solar Institute also offers workforce development and technical assistance services, including free NABCEP training courses.
|Contact Name||Tennessee Solar Institute|
|Department||University of Tennessee Research Foundation|
|Address||2450 E. J Chapman Drive|
|Address 2||Suite 112|
|Phone 2||(865) 974-4705|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.