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

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 27, 2010  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2010) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has issued two Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purpose of awarding up to $4,350,000 in competitive funding for projects that introduce and demonstrate advanced energy savings and clean energy technologies in industrial, commercial and manufacturing facilities located in Kentucky.  

The purpose of the grant funding is to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy industrial projects for businesses locating or expanding operations in Kentucky that create or retain jobs while saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.  Additionally, the funding will help achieve the goals set by Gov. Steve Beshear’s Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky’s Future: Kentucky’s 7-Point Energy Strategy 

The Industrial Facility Retrofit Showcase (RFP 645 1000000233) seeks projects investing a minimum of $500,000 in the special focus areas of HVAC and steam plant upgrades, energy efficiency improvements for water treatment facilities and lighting retrofits.  The Cabinet will provide up to 75 percent of the total project cost for applicants selected through this RFP.  Up to $3,350,000 may be awarded. 

A second RFP (645 1000000234) seeks lighting retrofit projects costing $250,000 or more.  The Cabinet will fund a maximum of 50 percent of the total project cost for applicants selected through this RFP. Up to $1 million may be awarded. 

The Cabinet for Economic Development 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. 

RFP documents containing more detailed information on both of these funding opportunities can be found on the state’s procurement Web site at http://eprocurement.ky.gov.  Proposals may be submitted to Tim Back, Cabinet for Economic Development, 500 Mero Street, 23rd Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort, KY 40601. Proposals are due no later than Feb. 22, 2010 by 4:30 pm EST.     

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 and are subject to availability of funds.  Information on additional State Energy Program projects is available online at http://energy.ky.gov/recovery/sep.   

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2009 totaled nearly $ 977 million with the creation of more than 6,600 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.