updated: 1/22/2010 2:30:29 PM

Indiana Awards Renewable Energy Grants

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The state of Indiana has announced 12 Alternative Power and Energy Grant awards as part of a federal program administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development. The awards total nearly $390,000 and will help fund solar energy projects and one wind turbine.

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(Indianapolis)—Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced 12 Alternative Power and Energy Grant awards totaling $388,955. The money, part of a federal grant program administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development, will partially fund the purchase and installation of six solar power arrays and one wind turbine. The awards are the result of a competitive grant program that opened in November 2009.

“The local governments and small businesses that are receiving these grants are looking to the future,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. “They realize that alternative power sources need to be included as part of our energy portfolio in Indiana. All Hoosiers can learn from their experience.”

Grantees include:



Bloomington Cooperative Services
(Monroe County)
$16,000
Solar panels
Solar array for Bloomingfoods Market & Deli

Curt Silvey, Kokomo
(Howard)
$11,000
Solar panels
To power grain dryer

Evansville-Vanderburgh Public
Library
(Vanderburgh)
$42,875
Solar panels
Solar array for Central Library

FCC Mfg., Portland
$32,612
Solar water heating
Heat water used to clean manufactured parts

Haubstadt Community School, Fort Branch
(Gibson)
$12,500
2.4 kW wind turbine
Installing a wind turbine at the school was proposed by 3rd graders.

IBEW Local 725,
Terre Haute
(Vigo)
$26,250
Solar panels
Installation will also be used to train electrical workers

Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Carmel
(Hamilton)
$40,906
28 solar panels and solar hot water system
Demonstration/education project for power agency members

Jay County
$19,112
Solar water heating
Jay County Highway Dept.

Lake County Electricians JATC
$73,500
Solar panels
Joint project of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, IBEW Local 697, and Nat. Electrical Contractors Association for training

City of Portland
(Jay)
$27,924
Solar water heating
Hot water for community resource center and waste water treatment facility

City of Scottsburg
(Scott)
$67,515
Solar panels and Solar water heating
To be used at non-profit Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

City of Winchester
(Randolph)
$18,761
Solar water heating
Hot water for Street Department facility

The Alternative Power and Energy grant is a competitive grant program funded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. It’s designed to increase awareness and utilization of alternative energy resources as well as to create vocational opportunities for Hoosiers interested in renewable energy.

Public entities, small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Indiana were eligible to apply for the program. Grants for 50% of an alternative energy project up to $100,000 were made available. Approved technologies include Solar, Wind, Microhydroelectric, and biomass.

Each award must pass through a federal review, and the first to be cleared focused on solar and wind technologies. A total of $879,000 is available for this program. Additional awards are expected later this year.


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The Office of Energy Development (OED) was created in December 2005 as an extension of the Indiana energy office. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, OED is responsible for the state’s energy policy. For more information visit www.energy.in.gov. or follow OED on twitter, IndianaEnergy.


For updates from the Lt. Governor and the agencies she oversees, please sign up at www.in.gov/lg/

Source: Office of Energy Development

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