Cabinet for Economic Development
Cabinet for Economic Development Seeks Proposals that Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Initiatives

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 06, 2011  
Revision Date:  Wednesday, September 07, 2011 
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-4886  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2011) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purpose of awarding a minimum of $100,000 in competitive funding for energy efficiency projects to be implemented in for-profit industrial, commercial, manufacturing and warehousing facilities located in Kentucky. 

 

The purpose of the grant funding is to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Kentucky’s industrial sector while also creating and retaining jobs.  The funding will help achieve the goals set by Governor Steve Beshear’s Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky’s Future: Kentucky’s 7-Point Energy Strategy.

 

The RFP seeks energy efficiency projects with a minimum investment of $50,000 that can be initiated and completed between November 2011 and March 2012.  Special focus areas include lighting retrofits, HVAC and steam plant upgrades and water treatment facility upgrades. 

 

The Cabinet will select applicants through a competitive process.  Proposals will be evaluated on jobs created/retained; amount of energy saved per grant dollar invested; local community impact; private dollar match/leverage of grant funds; and other important factors.  Selected applicants will be required to showcase their projects and develop case studies to highlight the benefits of the project.

 

Awards are made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), through the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence’s State Energy Program.  The Cabinet for Economic Development previously awarded ARRA funding for eight energy efficiency/renewable energy projects in 2010 totaling approximately $4.3 million. 

 

“While some of the previously selected projects are still under construction, there already have been impressive results from three completed lighting retrofit projects, including Florida Tile in Lawrenceburg, GE Aviation in Madisonville and Montaplast in Frankfort,” said Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes. “The Cabinet for Economic Development, in partnership with the Energy and Environment Cabinet, is committed to growing a sustainable economy in Kentucky through smart energy and environmental initiatives.” 

 

Case studies about these projects can be found at the following links:

 

Montaplast: www.ThinkKentucky.com/kyedc/pdfs/Montaplastcasestudy.pdf

 

Florida Tile: www.ThinkKentucky.com/kyedc/pdfs/FloridaTilecasestudy.pdf

 

GE Aviation: www.ThinkKentucky.com/kyedc/pdfs/GEMadisonvillecasestudy.pdf

 

RFP documents containing more detailed information regarding this funding opportunity can be obtained on the state’s procurement website at https://emars.ky.gov/online/vss/Advantage (click on the View Solicitation heading and select Industrial Facility Retrofit Showcase, solicitation number RFP-635-1200000063).  Proposals are due no later than Sept. 30, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

Educational Opportunities

The Governor’s Conference on Energy & the Environment, to be held in Lexington on Sept. 26-27, 2011, is an opportunity for businesses to learn how to be good environmental stewards while also positively impacting their bottom line.  Another opportunity will occur on Nov. 2, 2011, at the University of Kentucky’s Corporate Sustainability Workshop.  Additional information on these two events, as well as other related training opportunities, can be found at http://energy.ky.gov/newsevents/Pages/events.aspx.

 

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ThinkKentucky or follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ThinkKentucky.