Hydropower, Solar, Wind Power

Funding Available for Onsite Clean Energy Projects

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), as administrator of the Renewable Energy Trust Fund, is seeking applications for the Large Onsite Renewables Initiative (LORI) Feasibility Study and Design & Construction Grants.

MTC is accepting grant applications for development of eligible renewable energy projects with greater than 10 kilowatts (kW) of nameplate capacity located at commercial, industrial, institutional, and public facilities that will consume more than 50% of the renewable energy generated by the project onsite. The applicant and project site must be a customer of a Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution utility. The grant awards may be used to facilitate the installation of renewable energy projects on existing buildings (retrofits) or in conjunction with new construction/major renovation projects, including green buildings. Applications are due August 17, 2006. To access the solicitation, application and other associated documents, use the link below. Earlier projects have included: Riverdale Mills of Northbridge, which received MTC funding to expand its existing onsite hydroelectric facility; Northcoast Seafood, which will install 117.6 kW of photovoltaic panels consisting of 672 panels manufactured in Massachusetts; and IBEW Local 103 installed Boston’s first commercial scale wind turbine in May 2005. The 149-foot turbine is a 100 kilowatt machine that provides power to Local 103’s training center.