News Release 277

Department of Natural Resources offers grants for renewable energy studies

Volume 38-277 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray
573-526-4220

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 5, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is offering grants for renewable energy resource assessments and project feasibility studies by Missouri residents, businesses, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, universities and research institutions, and county or city governments. The department will accept applications for funding through June 2.

The department has allocated a total of $900,000 statewide for this funding opportunity. On a competitive basis, a maximum grant of $50,000 will be awarded to each recipient based on project evaluation criteria. Cash match, or cost-share, is preferred, but not required.

Eligible applicants include Missouri businesses, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, universities and research institutions, county or city governments and individuals. Collaboration or partnerships among eligible entities is encouraged. Partnerships with non-eligible entities are allowed, but the grant must be made to an eligible entity.

Renewable Energy Resources Assessments should focus on the investigation and evaluation of local or regional renewable energy resources or commercial and industrial waste streams that could potentially be used in renewable energy projects. Renewable energy resources include biomass, biogas, solar, wind, geothermal, low head hydro, commercial and industrial waste/byproduct streams, and other renewable or alternative energy resources approved by the department.

Feasibility Studies of Renewable Energy Projects should, by using renewable energy resources and various site-specific waste streams, focus on the application and evaluation of existing or near-term opportunities and energy needs of businesses or corporations. The department will place emphasis on proposals that demonstrate strong technical merit and near-term implementation viability to enhance the performance of Missouri’s renewable energy industry. Proposals are expected to produce measurable outcomes in regard to energy, the environment and the economy.

The department will accept applications for funding through June 2. A Request for Proposals, which includes application forms, may be found on the department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissourirenewablestudies.htm.

The grant program is funded under the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program, or SEP, made possible by funds from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Recovery Act’s purposes are to stimulate the economy and to create and retain jobs. The further purposes of energy-related Recovery Act funds are to increase energy efficiency, reduce reliance on imported energy, improve the reliability of energy resources and services, and reduce the impacts of energy production and use on the environment. 

The department’s Division of Energy is a non-regulatory state office that works to protect the environment and stimulate the economy through energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and technologies.

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