$9M Slated for Commercial Energy Work
Energy-efficiency improvements that can be scaled up for widespread adoption in commercial buildings may now be eligible for millions of dollars in federal backing.
The U.S. Energy Department's Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced the availability of nearly $9 million in funding for scalable tools, solutions and resources to improve energy efficiency in U.S. commercial buildings.
"Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings" (DE-FOA-0001168) seeks to build on technologies and methods already developed by DOE to help commercial building owners, managers and professionals "overcome barriers to efficiency."
To that end, the agency is seeking to support five to 10 projects that can accelerate marketplace adoption of programs and initiatives such as these:
What DOE Wants
DOE is interested in proposals with maximum impact—those with the potential to:
The Energy Department has also invested in Abengoa’s facility in Hugoton, KS, a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery that will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
Officials are urging organizations to partner on applications, to leverage current deployment channels, market orientation, and strategic relationships.
This funding opportunity is open to organizations, companies, non-profits, universities and consortiums operating in the U.S. The final funding amount is subject to Congressional appropriations.
How to Apply
More information, including application requirements, may be found on the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Concept papers must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET Nov. 17, 2014; full applications are due by 5 p.m. ET Jan. 20, 2015.
Questions about this FOA may be emailed here.
BTO's Commercial Buildings Integration Program, which is managing the project, will also hold a webinar on the funding announcement from 2 to 3 p.m. ET Oct. 27. Participants may register here.