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Recovery Act - Geothermal Technologies Program: Ground Source Heat Pumps

Funding: Up to $50,000,000

Open Date: 06/02/2009

Close Date: 08/06/2009

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000116


With this announcement, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) will address Section 931(a)(2)(C) of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, which includes authorization to promote the deployment of ground source heat pumps, also known as geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). Funding will be made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and a total of $50,000,000 is expected to be available for new awards under this announcement.

Through this FOA, DOE seeks to increase the deployment of ground source heat pumps through new commercialization strategies that incorporate:

1) innovative commercial-scale or residential community technology demonstration projects; 2) data gathering and analysis related to system costs, performance, and installation techniques; and 3) a national GHP certification standard. DOE's objective is to promote ground source heat pumps via the following three Topic Areas:

1. Technology Demonstration Projects: Mid- or large-scale (i.e. provide 50-100 tons of heating and/or cooling) cost-shared technology demonstration projects that incorporate innovative business and financing strategies and/or technical approaches designed to overcome commercialization barriers that currently exist for GHPs.

2. Data Gathering and Analysis: Data gathering and analysis research papers related to system costs, performance, and installation techniques, which will provide insights into the lowest life-cycle cost applications for GHPs and assist consumers in determining project feasibility.

3. National Certification Standard: A national certification standard for the GHP industry designed to increase consumer confidence in the technology, reduce the potential for improperly installed systems, and assure product quality and performance.

The Program seeks to maintain an aggressive schedule for project completion as well as the creation and maintenance of jobs. Applications with more aggressive schedules for completion, greater number of jobs created, cost share above the minimum level required, and cooperation between industry, accredited educational institutions, and/or Indian Tribes/ Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations or Groups may be given greater consideration.

A single Principal Investigator or organization may submit separate applications to multiple Topic Areas, or separate applications to a single Topic Area. However, a single Principal Investigator or organization may not submit a single application that addresses multiple Topic Areas.

Each application will be evaluated according to its respective merit review criteria. Therefore, applicants are required to clearly declare which Topic Area they are applying for within each application. Applications that address more than one Topic Area will not pass the Initial Review. Also, DOE reserves the right to make one award, multiple awards, or no awards in any given Topic Area.

For all Topic Areas, the Applicant must state, in writing with concurrence from an authorized representative from the organization, that non-proprietary data collected during the project period will be made available to the public through the National Geothermal Data System. DOE must also be provided with reasonable access to the project site.

Additional Information:

For more information, see this synopsis. For the full FOA, read these instructions to access the document using the Search Public Opportunities feature at FedConnect.

Last updated: 07/07/2009

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.