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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
Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology Research and Development 2015

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Objectives are to maximize the energy efficiency of SSL products in the market place, remove market barriers through improvements to lifetime, color quality, and lighting system performance, reduce costs of SSL sources and luminaires, and improve product consistency. 

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy01/15/2015
Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) – 2015

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education.
Seeks to improve the competitiveness of American universities to conduct building energy efficiency R&D, develop strong industrial partnerships and improve manufacturing education. 

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy12/19/2014
SunShot Catalyst Prize

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
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. 

SolarU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014
Made in Minnesota Solar Thermal Rebate Program

Eligibility: Commercial, multifamily, and residential property owners. 
Offers rebates to customers of investor-owned utilities who install “Made in Minnesota” solar thermal systems; must use a factory authorized solar thermal installer. 

SolarMinnesota Department of Commerce12/15/2014
Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontier & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2015

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Allows all interested parties to contribute to advancement in two of the following core technological areas: Non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies. 

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy01/12/2015
Notice of Intent to Issue Fiscal Year 15 Biomass Research and Development Initiative

Eligibility: Unrestricted. 
Seeks data, information and feedback on the high impact technologies included in the Building Technology Office’s analysis and planning.

BioenergyU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2020
Notice of Intent: Deploying Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks to fund the scale-up of promising solutions to the market barriers that hinder the growth of energy efficiency in the commercial building sector. The objective of this funding is to build a path for market-ready solutions to be used at scale across the United States to improve building energy efficiency. 

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2020
High Impact Commercial Building Technology RFI

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks data, information and feedback on the high impact technologies included in the Building Technologies Office analysis and planning.

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy12/08/2014
Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects

Eligibility: See Project 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. 

Renewable and efficient energy technologiesU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014
Clean Energy Accelerator RFP

Eligibility: Community-based institutions, organizations, or groups based in the 11-county Metro CERT region (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright Counties).
An initiative of the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (Metro CERT) to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. 

Clean EnergyMetro CERT05/31/2015
Made in Minnesota Solar PV Production Based Incentive (PBI) Program

Eligibility: Commercial for-profit (under 40 kW), commercial nonprofit/government (under 40 kW), and residential (up to 10 kW).
Offers incentives based on the actual production of its renewable energy system (each year for 10 years) to customers of investor-owned utilities who install PV systems using solar modules certified as manufactured in Minnesota. Applications accepted January 1 - February 28, 2015.

SolarMinnesota Department of Commerce02/28/2015
Collegiate Wind Competition RFP

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
The competition is a forum for undergraduate college students from multiple disciplines within one collegiate institution to design a wind-driven system based on market research, develop a business plan to market the product, build and test the system against set requirements, and demonstrate knowledge of current and emerging issues facing the wind industry.  

WindU.S. Department of Energy12/15/2014
Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES)

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Goal is to enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective technologies for solar that incorporates energy storage and works seamlessly to meet both consumer needs and the needs of the electricity grid. 

SolarU.S. Department of Energy12/16/2014
Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (Ideas)

Eligibility: Unrestricted. 
This funding opportunity announcement is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research studies that may lead to new Advanced Research Projects Agency programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. 

Clean EnergyU.S. Department of Energy09/28/2015
Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks alternative pathways to overcome two of the key barriers to commercializing algal biofuels: the high cost of producing algal biomass and the low yield of target biofuel and bioproduct feedstocks produced from algae. 

BiofuelsU.S. Department of Energy12/15/2014
Wind Energy Bat Impact Minimization Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks to fund research and development projects that advance the technical readiness of bat impact mitigation and minimization technologies. 

WindU.S. Department of Energy01/14/2015
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) Topics FY 2015 Phase I Release 2

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announces funding in nine topic areas and 26 new subtopics to help small businesses develop and deliver market-driven clean energy technologies.

Clean EnergyU.S. Department of Energy12/15/2014
Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program

Eligibility: Rural small businesses and agricultural producers.
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. 

Clean EnergyU.S. Department of Agriculture12/31/2014
Micro-Scale Optimized Solar-Cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC) RFI

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
The objective is to develop high-performance concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) in a low-profile module similar to traditional non-concentrated “flat-plate” PV in order to provide low-cost solar electricity for the roof-top, commercial, and utility-scale markets.

SolarU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2020
Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant

Eligibility: Minnesota farmers, educational institutions, individuals at educational institutions, or nonprofit organizations (government entities are not eligible). Applicants must be Minnesota residents and projects must take place on Minnesota farms. 
This grant provides funds authorized by MN Statute 17.116: “to demonstrate and publicize the energy efficiency, environmental benefit, and profitability of sustainable agriculture techniques or systems from production through marketing. The grants must fund research or demonstrations on Minnesota farms.”

BioenergyMinnesota Department of Agriculture01/23/2015
Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
The DOE’s Office of Science announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. 

SolarU.S. Department of Energy09/30/2015
Minnesota Technical Reference Manual Update for 2017-2019 RFP

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks proposals from organizations or individuals to perform an evaluation and update of Minnesota Technical Reference Manual (TRM) for 2017-2019. 

EfficiencyMinnesota Department of Commerce12/08/2014
Wood Innovations RFP

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
The U.S. Forest Service requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

BioenergyUSDA01/23/2015
$1 Million H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition

Eligibility: Unrestricted. 
The two-year competition challenges America's engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale hydrogen fueling.  

HydrogenU.S. Department of Energy04/21/2015
Solar Decathlon 2017 RFI

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from past and present participants in the Solar Decathlon, broader academic circles, industry, sponsors, and other stakeholders on issues related to future Solar Decathlon competitions. 

SolarU.S. Department of Energy11/24/2014
Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCE Opportunities

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks to further Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) system technologies by soliciting transformative projects for all of the components of a CSP plant. 

SolarU.S. Department of Energy11/26/2014
Notice of Intent: Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation

Eligibility: Small businesses, city or township governments, for-profit organizations other than small businesses, private institutions of higher education, independent school districts, nonprofits, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, individuals, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, special district governments, Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), state governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), county governments, and others.
Objectives are to maximize the energy efficiency of SSL products in the market place, remove market barriers through improvements to lifetime, color quality, and lighting system performance, reduce costs of SSL sources and luminaries, and improve product consistency. 

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy01/15/2015


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