WRC Approves Renewable Energy Grant Program- RFPs Released November 1st

The Windham Regional Commission is excited to announce that we have received funds from the Clean Energy Development Fund to develop a grant program for renewable energy generation projects within Windham County.  The approved Windham County Renewable Energy Program based on your comments and feedback is below. The Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released November 1st.  Please contact Marion Major at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802)257-4547 for a copy of the RFP.

APPROVED Windham County Renewable Energy Program Description

Total Funding Available: $400,000
Source of Funding: Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) earmarked for use in Windham County as part of settlement agreement between the state and Entergy Vermont Yankee.
Program Parameters: The program must conform to CEDF program rules and related strategic plan. At least 50 percent of the program funding must go towards renewable energy generation. Some funding may be used to achieve renewable energy generation indirectly. 10 percent of the program funding is dedicated to WCREP development and administration.
Grant amounts: Minimum award amount is $10,000. Maximum award amount is $320,000.
Grant match: 50 percent cash or in-kind match.
WCREP Priorities:

  • Municipal Projects: Projects sited on municipally-owned or controlled properties which benefit the municipality as a whole.
  • Neighborhood or Community-Scale Projects: The goal is to support projects that benefit more than one home or business; therefore applications should support renewable energy development by groups of homes and/or businesses. The possible exception to this would be a single commercial or non-profit entity that is a major consumer of non-renewable energy at present.
  • Projects that Promote Economic Development in Windham County: Economic development in this context is defined as projects that create new long-term employment (i.e., permanent jobs beyond those involved in the development and construction of the project). Projects that emphasize this priority should tie into the Windham Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and its goals and objectives (http://seveds.com/windham-region-comprehensive-economic-development-strategy-ceds/).
  • Projects that Have High Creativity and/or Educational Value: Projects that support the transfer of knowledge and understanding to others about renewable energy generation and are designed with access and education in mind. Also projects that address renewable energy through design that integrates well within all aspects of the site context (building form, site ecology, aesthetics, etc.) beyond simply capturing the energy source.
  • Projects utilizing heavily-impacted sites: Projects utilizing heavily-impacted, difficult to develop sites such as quarries, landfills, mines, industrial sites, commercial and industrial rooftops, and brownfields.
  • Projects that demonstrate financial viability: The project clearly demonstrates that all necessary funding beyond the requested grant amount is secured, and that the project is financially sustainable for the duration of its operating life.
  • Underserved communities or groups: Projects which serve to invest in renewable energy generation and reduce energy insecurity for underserved or at-risk communities or groups (e.g., low-income, elderly, etc.).
  • Projects which create or enhance resiliency.

Other WCREP goals:

  • Projects that benefit specific homes and/or businesses should demonstrate that energy audits have been or will be conducted as applicable and that thermal efficiency improvements have been/will be made per the audits.
  • Maximization of kWh produced per dollar spent.

Metrics to be provided by applicants:

  • Estimated dollars to be saved annually.
  • Type and estimated gallons of fossil fuel saved .
  • Annual tons CO2 emissions displaced (show calculations).
  • Total cost of system installed.
  • Accounting of how WCREP funding was used and how the balance of the system was financed/paid for.

WCREP implementation timeline:

  • September 2016
    • Hold meetings/ online forums for public input
      • Public meeting September 29th
    • Develop criteria
    • Create RFP (request for proposals)
  • November-December
    • Kickoff Program!
      • Release announcement/RFP
  • Winter 2016-2017
    • Applicatoin window
  • March 31, 2017
    • Applications submitted
  • April 2017
    • Review and select applications by April 28, 2017
  • May 15th
    • Signed agreements
  • Funds committed by May 31, 2017
  • Projects completed by May 31, 2018
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