Funding Opportunities & Projects

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.


November 1, 2018 - Wood stove change-out program:

The incentive is available to customers via Participating Retailers for clean, efficient, EPA-qualified cord wood and pellet stoves that replace old, in-use and non EPA-certified wood stoves.

Pellet stoves: $1000 incentive

Cord wood stoves: $800 incentive

A $100 incentive is also available to replace the catalyst in your existing EPA-certified woodstove.

Program Brochure

Program Web Site

July 1, 2018 - Advanced Wood Boilers/Furnaces Exempt from Vermont's 6% Sales Tax

Beginning July 1, 2018, sales of advanced wood boilers are exempt from Vermont Sale and Use Tax. 32 V.S.A. § 9741(52).


2019 Wood Heating Rebate Type Programs:

There are several wood heating incentives available in Vermont:

  • CEDF offers a flat-rate incentive of $3,000 for the installation of an approved pellet boiler or furnace.  For specific information: www.RERC-VT.org  or call 877-888-7372
  • Efficiency VT (EVT) has a new (as of 2018) custom incentive for commercial/institutional installations of pellet heating systems. Contact EVT to get details on this new program: (888) 921-5990.
    • EVT also has a flat-rate incentive of $3,000 for the same list of approved pellet boilers/furnaces that qualify for the CEDF incentive. This can be combined with CEDF’s $3K incentive for a total of $6,000.
  • For Vermonters in Windham and Rutland counties there are specific pellet stove programs designed for low to moderate income residents to change-out old cord wood stoves for new pellet stoves or to install pellet stoves even if they don’t have an old wood stove.
  • Members of Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) can get rebates on approved pellet boilers, furnaces, stoves, and cord wood stoves:

Pellet Boilers - $1000 rebate

Pellet Furnaces - $500 rebate

Pellet Stove - $250 rebate

Wood Stove - $250 rebate

These can be in addition to the CEDF and EVT incentives. For more information see:

http://www.washingtonelectric.coop/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/6-17-2019-WEC-Button-Up-sheet.pdf

Or call WEC at: 802-223-5245

June 30, 2017 - Incentives for Pellet (or chip) Fired Sap Evaporators Announced.

 


CEDF Sub-Grants

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 Tara Brown at the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust for more information: 802-246-2119.
    • For wood heating (pellet or chip boilers/furnaces) in municipal buildings, schools, and non-profits contact Marion Major at the Windham Regional Commission: 802-257-4547 ext. 109, or visit their website:
  • In Rutland County (and towns in neighboring counties that boarder Rutland County) contact Melanie Paskevich mpaskevich@nwwvt.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). 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). For more information about the program and how to apply for this funding, please see the Rural Energy for America webpage.