ODOE announces $1.5 million for renewable energy projects across state

Rachel Wray, 503-689-0294
Cliff Voliva, 503-378-3637

Grants will help support electricity production using renewable resources

The Oregon Department of Energy today announced prospective recipients of $1.5 million in funding through its Renewable Energy Development grant program. The program is open to developers of renewable energy systems that use biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas, or wave, tidal, or ocean energy to produce electricity. The 17 projects in the final approval stage are located in nine counties across the state.

ODOE opened up this round of Renewable Energy Development grants, also known as RED grants, to developers in December 2014. More than 25 projects were submitted by the January 23, 2015, deadline; 23 projects were qualified to move on to the competitive review phase, and 17 were selected to move forward for a final technical review. To finalize eligibility for grant funding, projects developers enter into a performance agreement with ODOE that establishes how the project will deliver on the predicted renewable energy generation goals.

“ODOE is charged with spurring investment in renewable energy production through our Energy Incentives Program,” said Michael Kaplan, agency director. “Groups across Oregon have stepped up, with diverse projects that will generate renewable electricity for everything from family farms to affordable housing to Habitat for Humanity.”

Grants for selected projects range from just under $10,000, allocated for a $28,220 solar project at the Santiam Valley Ranch in Turner, to several $250,000 grants for projects in Sheridan, Klamath Falls, and near St. Paul. Nearly all of the finalists are developing solar photovoltaic systems. Three Sisters Irrigation District is slated to receive $110,000 for a hydroelectric project outside of Bend. Systems must be located in Oregon.

The full list of potential recipients is below. ODOE staff expect to finalize performance agreements over the next few months; funds are made available to recipients after the project has been constructed and is operating, and once all conditions of the performance agreements are met. For more information about the Renewable Energy Development program and how projects were selected, please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/energy/At-Work/Pages/Renewable-Energy-Grants.aspx 

Project  Technology Type Location  Grant Amount
 Steel Bridge Solar, LLC  Solar PV  Sheridan  $        250,000
 Ewauna Solar LLC  Solar PV  Klamath Falls  $        250,000
 Pacific Crest Affordable Housing, LLC  Solar PV  Prineville  $           62,000
 Bend Area Habitat for Humanity  Solar PV  Bend  $           36,120
 CEC Resources Inc (Central Electric Cooperative Holding Co)  Solar PV  Bend  $        128,774
 Three Sisters Irrigation District  Hydro  Bend  $        110,000
 Ross Ragland Theatre  Solar PV  Bend  $           43,704
 Cascades Academy of Central Oregon, Inc.  Solar PV  Bend  $           20,956
 Utility Trailer – Redmond LLC  Solar PV  Redmond  $           34,267
 Mark McKay Farms, Inc.  Solar PV  Multiple  $        250,000
 Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center, Inc  Solar PV  Wallowa  $           18,953
 ECC Solar LLC  Solar PV  Enterprise  $        105,000
 OM Gardens LLC  Solar PV  Myrtle Creek  $           18,345
 Crane Creek Ranch  Solar PV  Roseburg  $           21,999
 ACE Communications, Inc  Solar PV  Roseburg  $           20,764
 Santiam Valley Ranch  Solar PV  Turner  $              9,877
 Kevedy Inc  Solar PV  Portland  $           95,000

About the Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy helps Oregonians improve the energy efficiency of their homes, provides policy expertise to prepare for Oregon’s future energy needs, staffs the Energy Facility Siting Council, provides technical and financial assistance to encourage investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, promotes the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site, and ensures state preparedness to respond to emergencies at energy facilities.

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