Michigan will use Recovery Act SEP funding to improve energy efficiency and expand renewable energy use in the state while also bolstering local clean-energy industries and jobs. In one activity, funds will pay for energy efficiency retrofits, and installation of, renewable energy systems in state facilities to help meet a goal of reducing energy consumption in state-owned and -operated government buildings and facilities 25% by 2012.
In another project, the state will offer financial assistance to suppliers and original equipment manufacturers in the state to diversify into high-growth renewable energy sectors, invest in advanced manufacturing processes, techniques, designs, and/or other applications or uses of alternative materials in the production of renewable energy systems. This effort is directed at businesses that are seeking to diversify, perform a unique high-value function, and fill gaps in manufacturing of renewable technologies, and could act as an anchor for business attraction.
Companies must have projects ready to go, demonstrate a market for technology, show how the diversification will result in a leap forward in technology and materials, and how the efforts with contribute to the Governor's 25% by 2012 goal and reduce Michigan's dependence on energy imports into the state.