Cabinet for Economic Development
Cabinet for Economic Development Seeks Additional Proposals that Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Initiatives
Funding made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2010) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has issued a third Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purpose of awarding approximately $250,000 in competitive funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.
The RFP is seeking projects that introduce and demonstrate advanced energy savings and clean energy technologies in for-profit industrial, commercial and manufacturing facilities located in Kentucky. Two similar RFPs issued by the Cabinet earlier this year resulted in seven companies receiving more than $4 million for energy efficiency projects.
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 Governor Steve Beshear’s Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky’s Future: Kentucky’s 7-Point Energy Strategy.
This RFP seeks projects investing a minimum of $1 million in the special focus areas of HVAC and steam plant upgrades, energy efficiency improvements for water treatment facilities and lighting retrofits. In addition, applicants must show how the proposed project contributes to the development and production of energy-efficient products that will further reduce energy usage. The Cabinet will provide up to $249,929.30 of the total cost for projects funded through this RFP, with the selected applicants providing at least $750,070.70.
The Cabinet for Economic Development will select applicants to receive funding through a competitive process. Proposals will be evaluated on development and production of energy-efficient products; 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 this funding opportunity can be found on the state’s procurement website at https://emars.ky.gov/online/vss/Advantage (click on the View Solicitation heading and select RFP 635 1100000116).
Proposals may be submitted to Tim Back, Cabinet for Economic Development, Old Capitol Annex, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort, Ky. 40601. Proposals are due no later than Nov. 17, 2010, by 2:30 p.m. ET.
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. Information on other ARRA funded energy projects in Kentucky can be found at http://energy.ky.gov/StimulusPrograms/Pages/default.aspx.
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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 6,900 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.