DOE Announces Up To $22 Million For Community Renewable Energy Deployment

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The Department of Energy (DOE) says it plans to provide up to $22 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to support the planning and installation of utility-scale community renewable energy projects in up to four communities nationwide.

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will provide technical assistance to selected recipients, including concepts, best practices, planning, financial approaches, policy guidance and recognition to help communities rapidly plan and deploy utility-scale renewable energy systems.

The projects will demonstrate how multiple renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal systems, can be deployed at scale to supply clean energy to communities.

The DOE anticipates that each project will leverage significant investment, including public- and private-sector investment in renewable energy systems.

Up to $22 million in DOE funding is available for these awards in fiscal year 2010. The DOE anticipates making up to four awards totaling up to $21.45 million, and expects matching funds from public and private investment of $22 million or more.

Successful applicants will be awarded financial assistance to support the implementation of an integrated renewable energy deployment plan for a community, and the construction of renewable energy systems.

Completed applications are due Sept. 3. The DOE will select the award-winners by the end of November.

For more information, visit recovery.gov.

SOURCE: Department of Energy

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