Energy grant programs

Request for Proposal- Funds available for renewable energy installations in Windham County!

The Windham County Renewable Energy Program is looking for project proposals of renewable energy installations in Windham County. The projects require a minimum of 50% cash or in kind match. This program has funded 9 projects within Windham County (see below). Questions on the RFP have been compiled and addressed in this document.

Funds Available: $66,000 (minimum award: $10,000 maximum award: $66,000)
Proposal deadline: July 31 at 4 pm
Grant Timeline: effective immediately, projects completed by May 31, 2019.
Eligibility: Projects must be within Windham County.

For more information on project priorities, application requirements, and selection criteria, please see the RFP, for the fillable budget sheet please click here or contact Marion Major at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Grant programs in progress:  Windham County Renewable Energy Grant Program and Windham Wood Heat Initiative

The Windham Regional Commission’s Windham County Renewable Energy Grant Program (WCREP) is offers matching grants for renewable energy generation projects within Windham County. The funding is awarded through the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF). This is part of the funding that was dedicated for use in Windham County as part of the State’s settlement agreement with Entergy Vermont Yankee. Total funds awarded to date: $627,523.00.

A compilation of the projects is visible here.

The Projects from Round 1 are:

  • Allard Lumber: Allard in Dummerston has been working towards installing a higher working pressure biomass fueled boiler. WCREP funding will fund directing this steam into a steam engine & generator, with the resultant electricity being put onto the local grid. This combined heat and power unit will be utilized for the kiln and to generate electricity.
  • Alpenglo: Rooftop solar installation on the Vermont Distilleries building in Marlboro which will power 4 businesses and 2 residences. It will also include educational exhibits in the distillery and museum. This project is installed and generating energy.
  • Great River Terrace: The Great River Terrace project is a redevelopment of the Lamplighter Inn, Putney Rd in Brattleboro, by Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. The project will consist of 22 affordable apartments, 11 of which will specifically be designated for homeless populations. The grant funds will go towards rooftop solar installation which will power the units.
  • School for International Training: A 150 kW array on SIT’s campus will supply the campus’s electrical needs and will also be a demonstration site for crops integrated into the solar field. The site will be an educational resource with speaker series and classes focused on the layered use of the land. The solar array is fully installed, the plantings will take place in the spring time.  More info.
  • Windham County Integrated Resource Recycling Center: WCREP funds will go to the feasibility study of an anaerobic digester located at the Windham Solid Waste Management District in Brattleboro. The study will identify the quantity and quality of food waste from multiple commercial generators, estimate methane gas production, and project electrical generation. The resulting project could help the Windham Region meet the new solid waste management rules regulating organic materials. The feasibility report proved the project is feasible and the project has received funding to implement.

The Projects from Round 2 are:

  • Grafton Community Solar: Credits generated by 360kW solar array on brownfield site will be incentivized and allocated to local low income community
  • SEVCA Solar: SEVCA will deploy and integrate a 150kW, 100% low-income community solar array into its energy assistance program to demonstrate a new model of low-income energy assistance that is both fiscally responsible and environmentally appropriate. By using community solar subscriptions for low-income energy assistance, SEVCA can more permanently address energy poverty and foster energy security among low-income communities.  More info.
  • Windham County Integrated Resource Recycling Center Anaerobic Digester: a 300 kW food waste anaerobic digester facility to supplement the declining biogas production at the existing landfill gas to energy site on the Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) landfill site and adjacent properties (the “BOE Site”). Funds will be used specifically towards the development and functionality of the anaerobic digester and energy generation.
  • Windham Windsor Housing Trust Flat Street Affordable Housing Rooftop Solar: the rooftop solar PV array on new development 29 Flat St will power a high performance multi-family apartment building in downtown Brattleboro.

The Windham Wood Heat Initiave has assisted multiple schools, municipal buildings, and non-profits convert to modern wood heating systems. The program offers financial incentives towards the installations of these systems. For more information on the program visit the WWH page. Funds are still available!.


Future grant programs

The Windham Wood Heat Initiative has limited funding available for one to two more buildings to participate in the program. Visit the WWH page to learn more or contact Marion Major at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WCREP will likely have funding available for a third round of funding! Follow this page for RFP announcements or contact Marion Major ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to be on the list to receive the RFP directly.

WRC will be once more offering technical assistance for towns developing Act 174 compliant enhanced energy elements. Visit the energy planning page for more information.


Summary of past grant projects and successes

From 2010 through 2012 the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) worked with towns throughout the region to help identify areas where savings could be obtained through weatherization retrofits. Through both state and federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG), the WRC’s Energy Committee distributed funding to successfully complete fourteen energy audits in seven of the Region’s towns, and awarded grants for weatherization retrofits to seven towns. The projects included the Newfane Town Office, Londonderry Town Offices, Grafton Town Hall, Marlboro Town Offices, Weston Town Garage, Putney Town Hall, Windham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Windham County Superior Courthouse. The estimated annual energy savings for the recommended improvements for these projects ranged from $1,200 to $5,000.

In late 2009, WRC received two grants through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. These grants, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, included $80,000 from the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund for municipal buildings, and $130,800 from DOE for County buildings.

With these funds, WRC supported 15 energy audits and 8 comprehensive energy retrofits (weatherization) throughout the region. Funds for both audits and retrofits were awarded on a competitive basis. The goal: help towns to save taxpayer money, reduce energy consumption, and reduce their carbon footprints.
For more information on energy audits and retrofits, and on how to undertake them in your own building, visit the “Resources for Energy Savings” section.


 

Last Updated on 25 July 2018
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