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The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources posts state and federal funding opportunities on a regular basis. The list below includes solicitations of proposals for energy or environmental grant funding or other incentives from a wide variety of organizations. Also, view our list of funding resources.

Funding Opportunities


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TitleDescription and EligibilityTopicSourceDeadline
SunShot Prize Race to the Rooftops

Eligibility: Local governments, State governments, townships, municipalities.
To challenge the ingenuity of America’s businesses and communities to make it faster, easier, and cheaper to install rooftop solar energy systems. Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 10/31/2014

SolarU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014
SunShot Catalyst Prize

The Catalyst Program is a series of contests designed to incentivize the public to address time-sensitive market problems in the solar industry. For more information on the Catalyst Program and for the official rules, please visit http://catalyst.energy.gov. Eligibility: Unrestricted.

SolarU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives Funding Opportunity Announcement

Vehicle Technologies "Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives."

Alternative fuelU.S. Department of Energy10/01/2014
Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands

Soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations, and Tribal Consortia to: (1) install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, and (2) deploy clean energy systems on a community-scale on Indian Lands.

Clean EnergyU.S. Department of Energy10/02/2014
Biomass Thermal Energy Grant Round Request for Proposals (RFP) Fiscal Year 2015

Projects must increase the use of Minnesota’s bioenergy resources, encourage self-reliance and security, or promote sustainability, and involve bioenergy with a focus of woody biomass thermal application. Eligibility: Owners of Minnesota facilities that currently produce or will produce bioenergy in the form of wood-based thermal energy.

BioenergyMinnesota Department of Agriculture10/03/2014
Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects

Description and eligibility: DOE seeks Applications for loan guarantees to finance projects located in the United States that employ innovative and renewable or efficient energy technologies that avoid, reduce, or sequester anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases. Eligibility: See “Project Eligibility.”

Renewable and efficient energy technologiesU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014
Conservation Applied Research and Development Grant Program (CARD) RFP-02

Commerce seeks proposals from organizations or individuals interested in applied research and development projects that serve to accelerate the development and adoption of new energy efficient technologies and innovative program strategies in Minnesota. The information obtained from this effort is intended to inform electric and natural gas utility Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) development and state energy policy. Up to $1.5 million from the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) Grant Program is available for this RFP. Eligibility: Individuals and public or private entities involved in electricity and natural gas efficiency program implementation or research and development. Notice of intent to propose is due June 23, 2014; full proposal is due August 29, 2014.

Conservation Improvement Research & DevelopmentMinnesota Department of Commerce08/29/2014
Open Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science

This funding opportunity is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research (studies) that may lead to new ARPA-E programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. Studies are defined as single-phase efforts of durations less than 12 months and cost less than $500,000.

Energy research and developmentU.S. Department of Energy09/26/2014
Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program

Seeks applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Fiscal Year 2015 for financial assistance as follows: grants, guaranteed loans, and combined grants and guaranteed loans for the development and construction of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement projects. Eligibility: Rural small businesses and agricultural producers.

Rural FundingU.S. Department of Agriculture12/31/2014
Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE)

Seeks applications for establishing and managing a dedicated Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Laboratory site. Eligibility: Unrestricted.

GeothermalU.S. Department of Energy10/01/2014
Open Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (Open Ideas)

To provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research (studies) that may lead to new ARPA-E programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. Studies are defined as single-phase efforts of durations less than 12 months and cost less than $500,000.

Energy research and developmentU.S. Department of Energy09/26/2014
RFI Wind Energy Bat and Eagle Impact Minimization Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities

This funding opportunity seeks to advance the readiness of technologies intended to reduce mortality of bats, eagles, or other wildlife at operational wind turbines or wind facilities. In particular, input is sought on the current state of wildlife impact mitigation and minimization technologies. Eligibility: Unrestricted.

WindU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014


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