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Grant Funds Available for New Solar, Wind Energy Projects on Calif. Farms

by Ted Rieger
January 16, 2019

The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced a grant funding opportunity under the Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program (REAP) available for California agricultural operations to purchase and install new solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and wind turbine energy systems. This REAP grant solicitation makes available a total of $5.7 million in grant awards for 2019, with a minimum award request of $25,000 and a maximum request of $300,000 per application. REAP funding is available from California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (funded through the state Cap-and-Trade Auction Program).

The CEC is holding three REAP pre-application workshops throughout the state to provide information on the program, the application process, and opportunities for questions. Interested parties may attend either in-person, or remotely through the CEC’s WebEx meeting system. The workshop schedule: January 24 in Sacramento, January 28 in Fresno, and January 30 in Imperial Valley. Information on workshop locations and attendance is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/renewables.html#GFO-18-401

  • Other important dates for the 2019 REAP process:
  • Deadline for applications—March 3, 2019.
  • Anticipated Notice of Proposed Awards—April 5, 2019.
  • Agreement Start Date—No later than June 30, 2019.
  • Agreement End Date—No later than March 31, 2023.


Eligible applicants must own or operate one or more ag operations located in California and the site of the proposed project. The project must reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the installation and use of renewable energy. Projects awarded funding will be required to monitor and verify equipment energy performance, and verify reductions in GHG emissions and energy use.

Funding is available for equipment purchase and installation, and site preparation costs. Funding can also be used for optional related equipment directly connected to the installed renewable energy technology, including: battery energy storage systems; agricultural pump replacements (conversion of fossil fuel pumps to electric pumps); and electrical charging systems for vehicles, tractors, and equipment used in ag operations.

An offer of matching funds in a proposal is optional, but applicants will receive preferential scoring points as a component of the application if the match totals at least 10 percent of project expenditures. Additional REAP program information, including a solicitation manual, detailed requirements and application forms can be found at:

www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/GFO-18-401
 


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