The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit proposals for small- and medium-scale wind power projects that promote the development and deployment of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable grid connected wind energy – primarily with respect to wind turbine installations with community component– for the long-term benefit of Vermont electric customers.
The total amount of funding available through this RFP from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) is $250,000, as specified by CEDF’s 2014 Fiscal Year Program Plan. The funds are provided from an appropriation to the CEDF by the Vermont General Assembly. The minimum and maximum grant requests may be $15,000 and $250,000 ($125,000 max per turbine), respectively. Funds will be awarded to one or more projects that best fit the selection criteria identified in this RFP.
Awardees will be subject to transparency and reporting requirements including, but not limited to reporting, tracking, and documentation of incurred costs, and providing access to records. Respondents are encouraged to thoroughly review this RFP.
An applicant may only submit one proposal. Proposals must be for projects based in Vermont. All turbines must be grid-connected. Funds cannot be used for projects that have already begun construction and/or equipment purchases that have been made. All projects must be operational within 12 months of the award being executed.
Cost share is required. Cost share for municipal and state units of government is 50% of the total project costs with no more than half of the cost share (25% of total cost) as in-kind. All other applicants will have a 70% cost share requirement with no more than 25% of the project’s total costs coming from in-kind cost share.
Eligible entities include municipal and state units of government, businesses, non-profit organizations, community groups, and public serving institutions (defined in this RFP as non-profit public and independent schools, universities, colleges, hospitals, and health care clinics). Awards will be made through this competitive RFP process. Award recipients will be expected to report on the expected and actual energy generation achieved for at least two years as well as other factors detailed below.
Projects that are participating in the Vermont Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development (SPEED) Standard Offer program are not eligible for grants from the CEDF.