Tennessee Solar Institute - Solar Innovation Grant Program (Tennessee)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Tennessee

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
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Process Improvements: 500,000

Facilities and Equipment Improvements: 500,000
Renewable Energy Products: 250,000
Technical Assistance: 100,000
Technology Improvements: 100,000
Workforce Development: 50,000

Start Date 2010-12-10
Expiration Date 2011-01-20

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.

Maximum Incentive 500,000

Program Administrator Tennessee Solar Institute
Website http://solar.tennessee.edu/solar-funding
Date added to DSIRE 2010-09-01
Last DSIRE Review 2011-04-07

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Tennessee Solar Institute
Department University of Tennessee Research Foundation

Address 2450 E. J Chapman Drive
Address 2 Suite 112
Place Knoxville, Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code 37996-0170
Phone (866) SOL-AR90
Phone 2 (865) 974-4705

Email solar@tennessee.edu
Website http://solar.tennessee.edu

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"