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  • Heather Rhoads-Weaver
    Today s webcast highlighted lots of great tools and resources online to help with Section 9006 applications! A sample small wind project application is
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 7, 2005
      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:

      Environmental guidance:

      Good compilation of related USDA programs:
      http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia/rbs.html - see B&I programs

      Info on SBA determinations:

      Section 9006 overview Powerpoint:

      Main pages on Section 9006:

      Application deadline is June 28, 2005

      From: "Alexandra Morel" <amorel@...>
      Subject: USDA Releases Sec. 9006 NOFA
      Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 11:27:03 -0500

      122 C Street, N.W., Suite 630 < Washington, D.C., 20001 < 202-628-1400 < www.eesi.org
      For Immediate Release
                                                                                                       For more information contact:
      March 29, 2005                                                                                                                   Alexandra Morel, 202.662.1885

      USDA Releases FY05 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Program

      USDA and NREL will host informational webcast, April 7
      (see below)
      On March 28, the USDA’s 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 year’s 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 the 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 program’s 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.
      Grant amounts

      • Awards for renewable energy systems will be between $2,500 and $500,000.
      • Awards for energy efficiency improvements will be between $2,500 and $250,000.

      • The maximum grant award for an
      applicant of Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements

      Evaluation Criteria

      • Renewable energy 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 points).


       • 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 technology.
       • 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 use, 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 30, 2005. 

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Webcast ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      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.
                  CALL DATE:             April 7, 2005  (Thursday)
                  CALL TIME:              3 PM ET
                  DURATION:              1 hr 30 min
                  LEADER:                  Ms. Terri Walters
                  USA Toll Free Number:  888-566-5773
                  PASSCODE: 9006
                  For security reasons, the passcode and the leader's name will be required to join your call.
                  URL:                                        https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/
                  CONFERENCE NUMBER:    PG5446315
                  AUDIENCE PASSCODE:      9006
                  If you are a repeat user, you can join the event directly at:
      Alexandra Morel
      Program Assistant
      Environmental and Energy Study Institute
      122 'C' Street, NW
      Washington DC, 20007
      (202) 662-1885
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