U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Water Power Program
Massachusetts and Illinois Support Large Renewable Energy Projects
November 16, 2005
Both Massachusetts and Illinois have recently launched new programs to
encourage large, on-site renewable energy projects. The Massachusetts
Technology Collaborative (MTC) released a solicitation in late October
for feasibility studies and design and construction of renewable
energy projects at commercial, industrial, institutional, and public
facilities. The project must be greater than 10 kilowatts in capacity,
with at least half of the renewable power consumed on-site, and can include fuel cells, hydropower, or wind, solar, or biomass power. The MTC is
providing $8.9 million over the next three years for its new Large
Onsite Renewables Initiative, and the deadline for this first round of
applications is January 12th, 2006. See the MTC solicitation.
Illinois launched a Renewable Energy Development Fund on November 7th to
support community-scale wind energy projects throughout the state.
Under the $4 million program, the Illinois Finance Authority will work
with community banks and lenders to provide loans and loan guarantees
to qualified farms and farmer cooperatives that construct wind
turbines. Borrowers must contribute a minimum of 10 percent equity and
are limited to community-scale projects that are under 20 megawatts.
See the press release from Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.