Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced the opening of the Alternative Power and Energy (APE) grant program that will make $879,000 available to help offset the cost of installing a variety of alternative energy technologies. The program is designed to introduce alternative and renewable energy technologies to specific sectors of energy consumers. Hoosier businesses, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and schools are all eligible to apply for these grants.
Technologies included in the program are Solar Water Heating for domestic hot water or radiant heating, Solar Electricity, Wind Power, Micro-hydro electricity and Biomass electricity and heating. Alternative energy systems make use of non-fossil fuel resources to produce clean, home-grown electricity and thermal energy.
"We are moving Indiana toward energy independence, and our businesses, schools and local governments want to be a part of that movement," said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. "These grants will make it possible for them to put alternative and renewable technologies to work in their communities."
The program is administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED). The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Energy and the State Energy Program, but are not part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding.
Each grant is a maximum of $50,000 and will be awarded through a competitive system. Applicants are required to match the grant amount with private funding. Applications must be received by September 25, 2009. Grant awards will be announced in October.
OED has offered a similar program each year since 2005. "In the last few years we have only been able to fund this program at less than half of this year's amount, " said Brandon Seitz, OED Director. "Increasing the number of grants and the size of each individual grant will mean more potential applicants will consider this program. "
Application guidelines and required forms are available online at www.Energy.IN.gov.