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--- Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has announced the launch of the third round of the Game Changer Competitive Grant Program. The Game Changer Competitive Grant Program is designed to support novel renewable energy (electric and/or thermal) systems or deployment strategies. Successful projects must result in additional renewable energy capacity installed in the state of Maryland, within the grant period. MEA expects to grant awards for successful proposals in the range of $50,000-$250,000 per project. MEA anticipates a cost sharing scheme with applicants whereby MEA would cover up to thirty (30) percent.
The primary focus of the Game Changer Competitive grant is renewable energy. However, MEA is willing to consider innovative transportation-related projects that enable greater use of alternative fuel vehicles and result in displacement of traditional liquid petroleum in Maryland, within the grant period. Enhanced deployment of renewable energy generation will help the State to meet its aggressive renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
This grant provides funds to mitigate the additional costs and risks of installing game changing energy systems. MEA will work with the successful applicants to evaluate the efficacy of proposed systems through performance data analysis and assess the cost/benefit ratios of those systems and/or deployment strategies through life cycle analyses.
Potential projects may include, but are not limited to:
Due date December 19, 2014
--- Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company is seeking proposals for additional solar energy resources as a component of its resource planning process. Through this solicitation, SPS is requesting proposals for up to 200 megawatts of solar photovoltaic generation resources that could begin delivery to SPS on or before Dec. 31, 2016, and that would be contracted through a power purchase agreement.
Due date October 10, 2014
--- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2957, "Advanced Transportation Technologies," which offers $3,500,000 to support projects that develop innovative transportation products and services. Awards will be made on the basis of anticipated energy, environmental and economic benefits. Projects can span a range from feasibility studies to full-scale product development efforts. NYSERDA anticipates making multiple awards.
Due date October 23, 2014.
---The US Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has issued a Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation, which would make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to support innovative, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the United States that reduce, avoid or sequester greenhouse gases. The solicitation is intended to support renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that are catalytic, replicable, and market ready.
Loan guarantees can be an important tool to commercialize innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies because these projects may be unable to obtain full commercial financing due to the perceived risks associated with technology that has never been deployed at commercial scale.
The solicitation seeks applications for projects that cover a range of technologies.
Applications will undergo a two-part review. The Part I submission provides DOE with a description of the project; technical information; background information on management, financing, construction, and operating strategies; and progress to date of critical path schedules. Part I will determine the initial eligibility of a project and whether it is ready to proceed. Applications that clear Part I then proceed to Part II, which includes the full application process. The Part II submission consists of the items summarized in Attachment A of the solicitation as well as other information that may be requested to facilitate DOE’s continued due diligence review.
In order to encourage submissions of complete applications as early as possible, Part II submissions will be systematically reviewed on a continuous basis as soon as they are received. However, final selection of qualified applicants will not occur until after all Part II submissions are competitively evaluated against all others submitted during the corresponding round of review.
Schedule of due dates begins October 1, 2014 and ends March 2, 2016 (see Solicitation)
--- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has released PON 2828 Renewable Portfolio Stand Customer-Sited Tier Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity which makes available approximately $20.4 million in New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) funding to support the installation and operation of Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG)- to-Electricity Systems.
Due date December 31, 2015
--- The New York States Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is announcing the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use. The incentives, of up to $400,000 per site/customer, will be paid to eligible installers who install new approved grid-connected wind energy systems using qualified equipment, in accordance with the eligibility requirements described below. The maximum equipment size shall be 2 MW per site/customer. NYSERDAs incentive shall not exceed 50 percent of the total installed cost of the system.
Applications accepted from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015 or until funds are fully committed.