This section provides information on the types of funding currently available through the Clean Energy Development Fund. If you would like to look at example feasibility studies / projects or listings of completed projects, please choose from the sub-menu to the left.
February 8, 2018 - Request for Proposals: Compost Heat Recovery Grants
The CEDF released a request for proposals (RFP) for grants in support compost heat recovery system installations on Vermont farms. Proposals are due on or before March 19, 2018.
Questions regarding this RFP were due February 19, 2018. Response to the questions received are posted below:
Rebate Type Programs:
Small-Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program
The Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Incentive (SSREI) Program provides incentives for qualifying advanced wood pellet (or chip) boilers and sap evaporators. The program is administered by the Renewable Energy Resource Center (RERC) (under contract with the CEDF), incentive applications and program information is listed below and can also be obtained at their web site: www.rerc-vt.org. The RERC can also be reached at 1-877-888-7372.
June 30, 2017 - Incentives for Pellet (or chip) Fired Sap Evaporators Announced.
- Press Release Announcing the Incentives
- The incentive will be offered as a rebate on the purchase and installation of new pellet or wood chip-fired evaporators. The rebate is only paid to those projects that have obtained an incentive reservation. The rebate will be $200/sq. ft of evaporator pan, up to a maximum of $20,000.
- Terms, Conditions, and Requirements (PDF) for the evaporator incentives.
- Evaporator Incentive Reservation Application
- Incentive applications and program information available at: www.RERC-VT.org
Pellet Advanced Wood Heating Incentive:
The SSREI Program's advanced wood heating incentives are for pellet and chip boilers and furnaces and are available to residential, commercial, and non-profit institutional customers. The incentives are outlined in this table (for program applications and complete information visit www.RERC-VT.org ):
Base Incentive Calculation
$1.25 per sq-ft heated space connected to the system
Maximum Base Incentive
$3,000 or 30% of total installed cost, whichever is less
$20,000 or 30% of total installed cost, whichever is less
Thermal Storage Tank Adder Calculation
$10.00 per MBH
Maximum Thermal Storage Tank Adder
Customer Cap for Program Lifetime (with Adders)
For Vermonters in Windham and Rutland counties there are specific wood heating programs that provide grant funding, technical support and more:
- In Windham County
- For residential low- and moderate-income residents there is a pellet stove program. Contact the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust for more information: Tara Brown at 802-246-2119
- For wood heating (pellet or chip boilers/furnaces) in municipal buildings, schools, and non-profits contact the Windham Regional Commission: Marion Major at 802-257-4547 ext. 109 or visit their web site: http://www.windhamregional.org/energy/wwh
- In Rutland County (and towns in neighboring counties that boarder Rutland Co.) contact Melanie Paskevich firstname.lastname@example.org at NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, (802) 797-8610.
Vermont Investment Tax Credit
The Vermont Investment Tax Credit, which includes business investments in solar (PV and hot water) systems that are eligible for the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), is still available to Vermont individual tax payers. The credit can only be claimed by individuals (despite being a credit for business investments) and is equal to 24% of the Federal ITC claimed (Federal ITC is currently 30% and thus the Vermont ITC is worth 7.2% of the eligible costs of the solar system). Citation: 32 V.S.A. § 5822 (d)(1)
FEDERAL GRANT OPPORTUNITY
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. These loan guarantees and grants are part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was created under the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. The USDA REAP seeks applications for FY 2018 funding. The deadline to apply for grants is April 30, 2018. Applications for loan guarantees are accepted year round. REAP helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. Eligible systems may derive energy from wind, solar, hydro-electric, ocean, hydrogen, geothermal or renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters). Additional information about the program and how to apply for this funding is available on page 10829 of the March 13, 2018 Federal Register.