Last DSIRE Review: 10/09/2012
||State Grant Program
|Eligible Efficiency Technologies:
||Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces , Boilers, Heat recovery, Programmable Thermostats, Building Insulation, Windows, Siding, Roofs, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Agricultural Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Whole House Fans, Tankless Water Heaters, LED Lighting, Pumps, On-farm Energy Audit or Assessment
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
||Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Anaerobic Digestion, Renewable Fuels, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Geothermal Direct-Use
|Equipment Requirements:||Improvements to personal residences, non-farm commercial property, and any other non-farm structures are not eligible.|
Windows, doors, skylights, roofing, and lighting must be Energy Star rated
Tankless, solar, or water heaters must have thermal efficiency of at least 90%
Tractors or other vehicles/equipment with internal combustion motors are not eligible for funding.
Waste oil or biomass fired boilers, hydronic furnaces, heaters and stoves must be EPA-approved.
Under the County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP), the Office of Agricultural Policy (OAP) offers grants for farms that incorporate energy efficiency into their operations, produce alternative energy for on-farm use, or grow biomass crops. A wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are eligible for grants, given they meet the energy savings criteria.* Applicants with projects requiring over $50,000 in expenditures, or that have projects likely to be submitted for federal funding, should consider requesting funds for a professional energy audit. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See the OAP homepage for application materials, reporting forms, and program guidelines. New applications and guidelines are available for each calendar year. Customers may also contact the Office of Agricultural Policy about loans in addition to the grant.
Eligible projects include:
- Upgrades to farm equipment
- Energy efficient lighting
- Building Insulation
- Programmable thermostats and controllers
- Windows, doors, skylights, roofing
- Cool Roof systems
- Tankless, solar, or other efficient water heaters
- EPA approved waste oil or biomass fired boilers, hydronic furnaces, heaters, and stoves
- Biomass energy crop production costs, including seed, rootstock, limestone, and equipment and structure for producing, harvesting,and transporting energy crops
- Equipment, structures, and supplies for converting animal waste, biomass, grains, or oilseeds into usable energy including ethanol or biodiesel
- Equipment, structures, and supplies used to interconnect a farm's renewable energy-powered generator to the grid
- Equipment, structures, and supplies used to retrofit oil and gas wells to use the energy on-site
- Fuel testing services and kits for monitoring fuel quality
- Equipment, structures, and other supplies used to harness solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable resources
*Projects are judged by these criteria: farm energy use, farmer's method for evaluating the need for the energy efficiency project, payback period (justification), ability to harness energy, use of professional services for the project, and the farmer's overall reliance on farming for his/her livelihood (based on time, assets invested, and percent of income from farming).