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Anaheim Public Utilities offers the Green Building Program to assist in implementing green building design and construction in the City of Anaheim. The program rewards developers, owners, and construction firms who select building practices that encourage environmental innovation beneficial to both the health of the Anaheim community and its economy. Services and incentives include:
Individuals interested in participating in the program should contact the Green Building Action Team here: http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/adv_svc_prog/green_power/Grnbuild.pdf or contact: Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-765-4259 or 888-459-4205; http://www.anaheim.net/section.asp?id=162
A renewable energy production tax credit was established in Florida (SB 888) to encourage the development and expansion of renewable energy facilities in the state. This annual corporate tax credit is equal to $0.01/kWh of electricity produced and sold by the taxpayer to an unrelated party during a given tax year. For new facilities (placed in service after May 1, 2006) the credit is based on the sale of the facility's entire electrical production. For an expanded facility, the credit is based on the increases in the facility's electrical production that are achieved after May 1, 2006. The combined total amount of tax credits which may be granted for all taxpayers under this program is limited to $5 million per state fiscal year. If the amount of credits applied for each year exceeds $5 million, the DOR will award a prorated amount based on each applicant's increased production and sales. To find out more, contact: Taxpayer Services, Florida Department of Revenue, 1379 Blountstown Hwy., Tallahassee, FL 32304-2716; 800-352-3671 or 850-488-6800; http://myfloridaclimate.com/climate_quick_links/florida_energy_climate_commission
In an effort to promote environmentally sensitive design and construction, the Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed an ordinance to expedite the permitting process for green buildings certified by a recognized environmental rating agency. Commercial, industrial, and residential projects are all eligible as long as they are located in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and the City of West Miami. See the Miami-Dade County Building Department website for additional information: http://www.miamidade.gov/building/home.asp or contact: Miami-Dade Permitting and Inspection Center, 11805 SW 26 Street (Coral Way), Miami, FL 33175-2474; 786-315-2000
The Targeted Jobs Incentive Fund (TJIF) provides financial incentives for select industries, including Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Manufacturing, Installation and Repair Companies, wishing to relocate or expand within Miami-Dade County. To be eligible, companies relocating to Miami-Dade County must create at least 10 new jobs, and expanding companies must create either at least 5 new jobs or at least 10% of the company's work force at the time of application, whichever is greater. Miami-Dade County will provide a qualifying Company up to $9,000.00 per new job in TJIF incentives as follows: - Up to $3,000 for each new job. - Up to $1,500 bonus for each new job if the Company is located in a Designated Priority Area.- Up to $1,500 bonus for each new job if the employee resides in a Designated Priority Area.- Up to $1,500 bonus for companies that operate their businesses out of buildings or facilities that qualify as "green construction" and/or that incorporates alternative energy systems; and an additional bonus of up to $500 if the Company operates its business in a building or facility which incorporates solar thermal, photovoltaic, fuel cell, and/or co-generating energy generation. The alternative energy systems, with the exception of solar thermal, must be grid interconnected to the local utility to qualify. - Up to $1,500 bonus, if the company is in the business of Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Manufacturing, Installation and Repair.Other qualification criteria must be met. For more information, contact: The Beacon Council, 80 Southwest Eighth Street, Suite 2400, Miami, FL 33130; 305-579-1300; http://www.beaconcouncil.com/Web/Default.aspx
The Maryland Energy Administration accepts grant applications for small residential and non-residential wind energy systems through its Windswept program. Residential systems must have a capacity of at least 1 kilowatt (kW) and non-residential systems must have a capacity of at least 1.5 kW to qualify for assistance. Approved projects will receive a grant of $2,500/kW of capacity, up to a maximum of $10,000. Active farm or agribusiness based projects are included within the non-residential designation. While grant values are limited there is no explicit capacity size limit on projects. Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, 1623 Forest Drive, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21403; 410-260-7655; http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/residential/windswept/index.asp
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) newest program allows cities to retrofit and redevelop homes and communities, and encourages the use of green technology and energy efficiency. This is a good source of jobs and contracts for those in the green industry. HUD’s new Neighborhood Stabilization Program will provide emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight within their communities. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) provides grants to every state and certain local communities to purchase foreclosed or abandoned homes and to rehabilitate, resell, or redevelop these homes in order to stabilize neighborhoods and stem the decline of house values of neighboring homes. NSP grantees develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, NSP grantees must use at least 25 percent of the funds appropriated for the purchase and redevelopment of abandoned or foreclosed homes or residential properties that will be used to house individuals or families whose incomes do not exceed 50 percent of the area median income. Funds may be used for preservation, improving energy efficiency or conservation, or providing renewable energy source(s). HUD encourages grantees to strategically incorporate modern green building and energy efficiency improvements to provide for long-term affordability and increased sustainability and attractiveness of housing and neighborhoods. States and local governments have received the funds, so interested parties need to talk to their state or local government contacts to learn how to receive a contract with those funds. To learn more about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program go to http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/programs/neighborhoodspg/. To find local contacts go to: http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/programs/neighborhoodspg/contactinfo/index.cfm
The Rural Energy For America programs provides grants and loan guarantees for small businesses rural areas and agricultural producers to:
Eligible renewable energy projects include projects that produce energy from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen-based sources. The project can produce any form of energy, including heat, electricity, or fuel.
The next funding cycle is in 2010. Look for the Notice of Solicitation for Applications (NOSA) towards the end of May with applications being due the end of July. People can apply for both grants and guaranteed loans. Funding for this program is $60 million for 2010 and will rise to $70 million for 2011 and 2012.
This program is open to agricultural producers and rural small businesses, including most rural electric cooperatives. Projects such as retrofitting lighting or insulation, or purchasing or replacing equipment with more efficient units are eligible. Make sure to apply early so your USDA official can review your application and help you correct any errors before the deadline. There are application templates that can be obtained from the state rural energy contact which can help in completing your application. You can find a listing of USDA Rural Development Energy Coordinators at the end of this newsletter.
Grants can fund up to 25% of the project’s total eligible costs. Grants are limited to $500,000 for renewable energy projects or $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements. Grants as low as $2,500 for renewable energy projects and $1,500 for energy efficiency projects will be considered. Guaranteed loans can fund up to 50% of a project’s total eligible costs, with a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $25 million. Combination grants and guaranteed loans can fund up to 50% of the project’s total eligible costs. For more information you can contact your state USDA Rural Development office at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html or by calling 800-670-6553. You can also contact the USDA Rural Development Energy Coordinators at the end of this newsletter.
Maple Hill Farms: Halowell MaineThis historic farmstead and inn installed the largest combined solar hot water and solar photovoltaic system which with its already installed wind turbine will supply the inn’s hot water needs and half its electric power. They received a $41,500 grant.
Korina Farms: Tehama County, CaliforniaKorina Farms produces pecans and dried these nuts, as well as those from other growers, on his farms. The farm built a new drying facility and incorporated a 5,000 square foot SolarWall system into its roof. The project will save over $10,000 in energy costs per year. They received a $25,250 grant.
Crete Food Mart: Crete, NebraskaCrete Food Mart is a family owned grocery store. An energy audit of the store identified energy savings opportunities. The store invested in new produce and milk coolers, a walk-in freezer, and high efficiency lighting fixtures. The energy savings are nearly 50%. The store looks better and refrigeration maintenance costs are down. They received an $11,750 grant.
Neppel Enegy: Armstrong, IowaThe Neppel’s run a grain and hog operation with an electric bill over $200,000 per year. They installed wind turbines on their property. They now produce enough electricity for 400 Iowa homes. They received a $400,000 grant.
State USDA Rural Development Energy Coordinators
Alabama Quinton Harris, USDA Rural DevelopmentSterling Centre, Suite 6014121 Carmichael Road Montgomery, AL 36106-3683(334) 279-3623 Quinton.Harris@al.usda.gov
Alaska Dean Stewart, USDA Rural Development800 West Evergreen, Suite 201Palmer, AK 99645-6539(907) 761-7722 firstname.lastname@example.org
Arizona Alan Watt, USDA Rural Development230 North First Avenue, Suite 206Phoenix, AZ 85003-1706(602) 280-8769 Alan.Watt@az.usda.gov
Arkansas Tim Smith, USDA Rural Development700 West Capitol Avenue, Room 3416Little Rock, AR 72201-3225(501) 301-3280 Tim.Smith@ar.usda.gov
California Philip Brown, USDA Rural Development430 G Street, #4169Davis, CA 95616(530) email@example.com
Colorado April Dahlager, USDA Rural Development655 Parfet Street, Room E-100Lakewood, CO 80215(720) 544-2909 firstname.lastname@example.org
Delaware-Maryland Bruce Weaver, USDA Rural Development1221 College Park Drive Suite 200Dover, DE 19904(302) 857-3626 Bruce.Weaver@de.usda.gov
Florida/Virgin Islands Joe Mueller, USDA Rural Development4440 NW. 25th Place Gainesville, FL 32606(352) 338-3482 email@example.com
Georgia J. Craig Scroggs, USDA Rural Development111 E. Spring St., Suite BMonroe, GA 30655 Phone 770-267-1413 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawaii Tim O'Connell, USDA Rural DevelopmentFederal Building, Room 311154 Waianuenue AvenueHilo, HI 96720(808) 933-8313 Tim.Oconnell@hi.usda.gov
Idaho Brian Buch, USDA Rural Development9173 W. Barnes Drive, Suite A1Boise, ID 83709(208) 378-5623Brian.Buch@id.usda.gov
Illinois Molly Hammond, USDA Rural Development2118 West Park Court, Suite AChampaign, IL 61821(217) 403-6210 Molly.Hammond@il.usda.gov
Indiana Jerry Hay, USDA Rural Development2411 N. 1250 W.Deputy, IN 47230(812) 873-1100 Jerry.Hay@in.usda.gov
Iowa Teresa Bomhoff, USDA Rural Development873 Federal Building210 Walnut StreetDes Moines, IA 50309(515) 284-4447 email@example.com
Kansas David Kramer, USDA Rural Development1303 SW First American Place, Suite 100Topeka, KS 66604-4040(785) 271-2744 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kentucky Scott Maas, USDA Rural Development771 Corporate Drive, Suite 200Lexington, KY 40503(859) 224-7435 email@example.com
Louisiana Kevin Boone, USDA Rural Development905 Jefferson Street, Suite 320Lafayette, LA 70501(337) 262-6601, Ext. 133Kevin.Boone@la.usda.gov
Maine John F. Sheehan, USDA Rural Development967 Illinois Avenue, Suite 4P.O. Box 405Bangor, ME 04402-0405(207) 990-9168 firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Connecticut Charles W. Dubuc, USDA Rural Development451 West Street, Suite 2Amherst, MA 01002(401) 826-0842 X 306Charles.Dubuc@ma.usda.gov
Michigan Traci J. Smith, USDA Rural Development3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 200East Lansing, MI 48823(517) 517-324-5157 Traci.Smith@mi.usda.gov
Minnesota Lisa L. Noty, USDA Rural Development1400 West Main StreetAlbert Lea, MN 56007(507) 373-7960 Ext. 120 email@example.com
Mississippi G. Gary Jones, USDA Rural DevelopmentFederal Building, Suite 831100 West Capitol StreetJackson, MS 39269(601) 965-5457 firstname.lastname@example.org
Missouri Matt Moore, USDA Rural Development601 Business Loop 70 West Parkade Center, Suite 235Columbia, MO 65203(573) 876-9321 email@example.com
Montana John Guthmiller, USDA Rural Development900 Technology Blvd., Unit 1, Suite B P.O. Box 850Bozeman, MT 59771(406) 585-2540 John.Guthmiller@mt.usda.gov
Nebraska Debra Yocum, USDA Rural Development100 Centennial Mall NorthRoom 152, Federal BuildingLincoln, NE 68508(402) 437-5554Debra.Yocum@ne.usda.gov
Nevada Herb Shedd, USDA Rural Development1390 South Curry StreetCarson City, NV 89703(775) 887-1222 firstname.lastname@example.org
New Hampshire (See Vermont)
New Jersey Victoria Fekete, USDA Rural Development8000 Midlantic Drive5th Floor North, Suite 500Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054(856) 787-7752 Victoria.Fekete@nj.usda.gov
New Mexico Jesse Bopp, USDA Rural Development6200 Jefferson Street, NERoom 255Albuquerque, NM 87109(505) 761-4952 email@example.com
New York Thomas Hauryski, USDA Rural Development415 West Morris StreetBath, NY 14810(607) 776-7398 Ext. 132 Thomas.Hauryski@ny.usda.gov
North Carolina David Thigpen, USDA Rural Development4405 Bland Rd. Suite 260Raleigh, N.C. 27609919-873-2065 David.Thigpen@nc.usda.gov
North Dakota Dennis Rodin, USDA Rural DevelopmentFederal Building, Room 208220 East Rosser AvenueP.O. Box 1737Bismarck, ND 58502-1737(701) 530-2068 Dennis.Rodin@nd.usda.gov
Ohio Randy Monhemius, USDA Rural DevelopmentFederal Building, Room 507200 North High StreetColumbus, OH 43215-2418(614) 255-2424 Randy.Monhemius@oh.usda.gov
Oklahoma Jody Harris, USDA Rural Development100 USDA, Suite 108Stillwater, OK 74074-2654(405) 742-1036 Jody.firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Don Hollis, USDA Rural Development1229 SE Third Street, Suite APendleton, OR 97801-4198(541) 278-8049, Ext. 129 Don.Hollis@or.usda.gov
Pennsylvania Bernard Linn, USDA Rural DevelopmentOne Credit Union Place, Suite 330Harrisburg, PA 17110-2996(717) 237-2182 Bernard.Linn@pa.usda.gov
Puerto Rico Luis Garcia, USDA Rural DevelopmentIBM Building654 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 601Hato Rey, PR 00918-6106(787) 766-5091, Ext. 251 Luis.Garcia@pr.usda.gov
South Carolina Shannon Legree, USDA Rural DevelopmentStrom Thurmond Federal Building1835 Assembly Street, Room 1007Columbia, SC 29201(803) 765-5881Shannon.Legree@sc.usda.gov
South Dakota Douglas Roehl, USDA Rural DevelopmentFederal Building, Room 210200 4th Street, SW.Huron, SD 57350(605) 352-1145 email@example.com
Tennessee Will Dodson, USDA Rural Development3322 West End Avenue, Suite 300Nashville, TN 37203-1084(615) 783-1350 firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas Daniel Torres, USDA Rural DevelopmentFederal Building, Suite 102101 South Main StreetTemple, TX 76501(254) 742-9756 Daniel.Torres@tx.usda.gov
Utah Roger Koon, USDA Rural DevelopmentWallace F. Bennett Federal Building125 South State Street, Room 4311Salt Lake City, UT 84138(801) 524-4301 Roger.Koon@ut.usda.gov
Vermont/New Hampshire Cheryl Ducharme, USDA Rural Development89 Main Street, 3rd FloorMontpelier, VT 05602802-828-6083 email@example.com
Virginia Laurette Tucker, USDA Rural DevelopmentCulpeper Building, Suite 2381606 Santa Rosa RoadRichmond, VA 23229(804) 287-1594 Laurette.Tucker@va.usda.gov
Washington Mary Traxler, USDA Rural Development1835 Black Lake Blvd. SWSuite BOlympia, WA 98512(360) 704-7762 Mary.Traxler@wa.usda.gov
West Virginia Richard E. Satterfield, USDA Rural Development75 High Street, Room 320Morgantown, WV 26505-7500(304) 284-4874 Richard.Satterfield@wv.usda.gov
Wisconsin Brenda Heinen, USDA Rural Development4949 Kirschling CourtStevens Point, WI 54481(715) 345-7615, Ext. 139 Brenda.Heinen@wi.usda.gov
Wyoming Jon Crabtree, USDA Rural DevelopmentDick Cheney Federal Building100 East B Street, Room 1005P.O. Box 11005Casper, WY 82602(307) 233-6719Jon.Crabtree@wy.usda.gov