Funding

“Honey on Tap” Beehive Smashes Indiegogo Fundraising Record

Read the full story at Shareable.

Stuart and Cedar Anderson have set the internet abuzz with their record-breaking Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The father-and-son team’s Flow hive, a no-muss, no-fuss beehive designed to deliver honey on tap, smashed the crowdfunding site’s previous record of just over $5 million. As of March 17—the campaign runs through April 5—the Andersons have raised more than $6.3 million.

Webinar: REAP Funding Opportunities for E3 Communities

Via the USDA:

As partners of the E3 framework, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants make sure you’re aware of possible funding opportunities to support your E3 activities as they pertain to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. These funding opportunities are contained in the recent modifications made to the USDA Rural Energy for America Program or REAP. The final rule that captures these modifications was published on December 29, 2014. The final rule became effective February 12, 2015.

The Energy Efficiency Improvement/Renewable Energy Systems (RES/EEI) component of the REAP program is the perfect complement to E3 Energy Audits because it provides grant and guaranteed loan funding for the integration of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements into a rural small business or agricultural producer’s operations. REAP can provide grant funding of up to $150,000 for EEI and $250,000 for RES. REAP Guaranteed loans can be up to $25 million and are eligible to be combined with a REAP grant.

We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting funding opportunity if you have recently received an E3 Energy Audit and want to take the next step toward energy efficiency or a renewable energy system that will save your business money on energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

To provide additional background on the program and to learn how agricultural producers and rural businesses can easily take advantage of REAP’s benefits, our REAP Outreach Team will host an interactive webinar, titled REAP Funding Opportunities for E3 Communities, specifically for E3 partners on Monday, March 30 from 1:00-2:30pm Eastern (12:00-1:30 Central; 11:00-12:30 Mountain; 10:00-11:30 Pacific). Please click on the following link to register for the free webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/399561791213939458.

Additional information on the REAP program can be found at: rd.usda.gov/reap. For further information and questions, please contact your State Energy Coordinator. A list of State Energy Coordinators can be found here: http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RBS_StateEnergyCoordinators.pdf.

Find Energy Incentives Faster and More Easily with DSIRE Open Data and Website

Via the EERE Blog.

All across the United States, homeowners and businesses are saving money by installing technologies that conserve energy and cut carbon pollution. Upgrades such as new, energy-saving appliances and rooftop photovoltaic systems also help lower the nation’s overall energy usage and reduce environmental impacts like harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

To empower more Americans to realize the benefits of clean energy technologies and solutions, government agencies offer several financial incentive programs that can reduce or defray installation or purchase costs.  In an effort to help citizens quickly find these opportunities the Energy Department established the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) 20 years ago.  The database is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University.

DSIRE — the nation’s most comprehensive information sources for renewable and efficiency incentives — enables users to pinpoint opportunities in a variety of formats including dynamic maps, charts, and tables.  The database also includes a search tool that filters incentives and policies by type, state, technology, implementing sector, and eligible sector.

Today, the Energy Department and N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center launched a new version of DSIRE that makes it even easier for citizens to find information. These improvements include:

  • expanded data accessibility with information on over 2,800 active policies and incentives for all renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies;
  • an Application Program Interface (API) freely available for download that contains all of the data on DSIRE in an easy-to-read format;
  • interactive maps so that users can customize policy maps in real-time based on their preferences and needs; and
  • enhanced search that allows users to find incentives by zip code.

In addition to these exciting features, the new site includes a more streamlined, user-friendly design that highlights DSIRE’s tools and services.

These DSIRE upgrades contribute to the White House Open Data Initiative, which is designed to fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, scientific discovery, and economic growth. The new DSIRE API and open data will enable private-sector entrepreneurs, technologists, and innovators to build new tools, services, and infrastructure that advance a clean energy economy.

Go to DSIREUSA.org to explore the improved features and follow DSIRE on Twitter and Facebook. Also, search our Rebates & Incentives tool to find even more tax-saving opportunities. For questions or comments about the new DSIRE, please contact Steve Capanna at Steve.Capanna@EE.Doe.Gov.

DOE Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for the third round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program to provide Tribes with technical assistance with furthering the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects. Applications are due May 1, 2015, and up to five projects will be selected in June 2015.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program

Application deadline: April 30, 2015.

USDA announced funding to assist agricultural producers and small business owners in applying for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible renewable energy systems include wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydro-electric, ocean, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these renewable resources.

EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program

Application deadline: April 1, 2015.

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is making available funding to help communities cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country and accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing.

From the summary:

This notice outlines a competition to designate up to 12 communities as manufacturing communities (Manufacturing Communities) through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), including proposal submission requirements and instructions, and eligibility and selection criteria that will be used to evaluate proposals. Manufacturing Communities will receive preference for a range of future Federal economic development funding and technical assistance offered by IMCP participating agencies. Some Manufacturing Communities, as discussed in the Supplementary Information section of this notice and subject to the availability of funds, may receive financial assistance awards from IMCP participating agencies to assist in cultivating an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country.

Ten federal agencies have agreed to provide preferential consideration, and/or consideration in the determination of application merit, and/or grant supplemental awards (totaling approximately $1.3 billion) for Manufacturing Communities for the following 18 economic development programs:

  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
    • Local Access Road Program
    • Area Development Program
  • Delta Regional Authority (DRA)
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    • Office of Economic Resilience Integrated Planning & Investment Grants
  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) TIGER Program
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Targeted Brownfield Assessments (TBA) program
    • Brownfield Site Assessment/cleanup/Revolving Loan Fund (RLF
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • Advanced Technology Education (ATE)
    • The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
    • Accelerator Program
    • Regional Innovation Clusters Program
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG)
    • Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program (RBEG)
    • Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
    • Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program (B&I)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
    • Award Competitions for Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers
    • NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTech) Consorta
    • Manufacturing Extension Partnership Network Special Competitions

 

USDA publishes final BCAP rule

Read the full story in Ethanol Producer Magazine.

The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and though the general scope of BCAP is not changing with its recently published final rule, there are some key changes being made to the program, including matching payment and funding amounts, material eligibility and project areas.