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University Ave & EIC Businesses: Funding Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Improvements

January 13, 2010

The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Office of Energy Security (OES) has announced a request for proposals from Minnesota businesses for its energy efficiency grant program. The program is open to commercial, industrial, and nonprofit facility owners throughout the state. OES expects to award between 30 and 50 projects with funding of up to $500,000 per project for energy efficiency improvements and the installation of renewable energy generation systems.

The program is designed to help businesses reduce their energy demands through improving their facilities’ overall efficiency. Funding would cover such projects as installing energy-efficient windows and lighting; implementing new, more efficient water and waste systems; and installing variable-speed motors and renewable energy generators, such as solar panels. These improvements can translate into substantial energy savings for business owners, and help reduce businesses’ carbon footprint.

The deadline for submitting a notice of intent is January 29, 2010. The Minnesota Project urges University Avenue and Energy Innovation Corridor businesses to apply for funding! Interested business owners should contact Natalie Buys with the Department of Commerce for more information.

Business owners should also take note of other opportunities for energy efficiency funding and utility rebates in Minnesota. A good place to start is in The Minnesota Project’s own library, where we have archived information from a November meeting on the subject of energy conservation and efficiency. Here are three helpful presentations from that meeting.

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