Today's webcast highlighted lots of great tools and resources online to
help with Section 9006 applications!
A sample small wind project application is available:
Small wind specific information:
Good compilation of related USDA programs:
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia/rbs.html - see B&I
Info on SBA determinations:
Section 9006 overview Powerpoint:
Main pages on Section 9006:
Application deadline is June 28,
Subject: USDA Releases Sec. 9006 NOFA
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 11:27:03 -0500
FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND
ENERGY STUDY INSTITUTE
122 C Street, N.W., Suite 630
Washington, D.C., 20001
For more information contact:
Alexandra Morel, 202.662.1885
Releases FY05 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Renewable Energy
Systems and Energy Efficiency Program
NREL will host informational webcast, April 7
On March 28, the USDAs Office of Rural Development released a
solicitation of proposals for the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy
Efficiency Improvements Program (Section 9006) authorized under Title IX,
of the 2002 Farm Bill.
This years NOFA makes $22.8 million available in competitive
grant funds for the purchase of renewable energy systems and energy
efficiency improvements: $11.4 million will be set aside
until August 31, 2005 to be made available for guaranteed loans; after
August 31 all non-obligated funds will be awarded through the competitive
grant process. Applications must be completed and submitted to the
appropriate USDA State Rural Development Office postmarked no later than
June 28, 2005, 90 days after
publication of the Federal
Register Notice on March 28. Grant awards will be announced by
September 30, 2005.
Eligibility for grant applications is limited to agricultural producers
and rural small businesses. Grant awards will not exceed 25 percent
of the eligible project costs. Of the 75 percent of project costs
applicants are expected to provide, 10 percent can be provided by third
party in-kind contributions; however, applicant in-kind or other
Federal grant awards will not be eligible.
Due to the need for additional time to develop the programs final rule,
the Office of Rural Development has opted to issue a NOFA in order to
provide ample time for grant applicants. USDA intends to post a
final rule later this fiscal year that will provide guidance on the loan
guarantee and grant programs.
Energy Efficiency Improvements Program.
Contact your State USDA Offices and
State Energy Offices regarding potential assistance in developing
applications or answering questions.
Click here for list of contacts.
Awards for renewable energy systems will be between $2,500 and
Awards for energy efficiency improvements will be between $2,500 and
The maximum grant award for an
applicant of Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
technologies being considered include: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass,
and hydrogen (only if produced from renewable sources).
Renewable energy proposals will be given priority based on the quantity
of energy to be replaced on-site (15 points for replacement of greater
than 50 percent) or to be generated (10 points); if the anticipated
public health and sanitary benefits of the project will exceed applicable
standards by at least 5 percent (2-5 points); if the system to be used is
commercially available, replicable, and provided with a 5 year warranty
(5-10 points); if the applicant can provided written commitments for up
to 100 percent of the matching funds (5-15 points); and if the project
can return the cost of investment in at least 11years (1-5 points).
Energy efficiency improvements proposals will be given priority based
on anticipated energy savings preference will be given to projects that
realize at least a 20 percent savings in energy (5-15 points).
Applications will receive a technical merit score for the first time
that will be maintained during the final stage of review. Criteria
will include: qualifications of the project team, energy/resource
assessments, design and engineering, project development schedule,
financial feasibility, etc.
Additional points will be awarded to small agricultural producers with
a gross market value of less than $1 million (5 points), less than
$600,000 (10 points), and less than $200,000 (15
The applicant must
also have demonstrated financial need and in the case of a rural small
business, the business headquarters must be in a rural area. The
applicant must control at least 51 percent of the system and be managing
the operation of the proposed project. Grant funds are not for research
and development; they will only be used for commercial or pre-commercial
The applicant will be
responsible for performing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)*
review taking into account environmental issues and safety concerns with
emphasis on land
air quality, water quality,
noise pollution, soil degradation, wildlife, habitat fragmentation,
aesthetics, odor, and other construction and installation issues
applicable to this type of technology. The environmental review
must be completed with enough time for funds to be obligated by September
USDA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will be holding an
open, informational webcast on the 2005 NOFA on Thursday, April 7, 2005
at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Webcast access information is provided below.
AUDIO PARTICIPANT ACCESS
April 7, 2005 (Thursday)
3 PM ET
1 hr 30 min
Ms. Terri Walters
Toll Free Number: 888-566-5773
security reasons, the passcode and the leader's name will be required to
join your call.
NET CONFERENCING PARTICIPANT ACCESS INFORMATION
CONFERENCE NUMBER: PG5446315
AUDIENCE PASSCODE: 9006
are a repeat user, you can join the event directly at:
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
122 'C' Street, NW
Washington DC, 20007