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The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources posts state and federal funding opportunities on a regular basis. The list below includes solicitations of proposals for energy or environmental grant funding or other incentives from a wide variety of organizations. Also, view our list of funding resources.

Funding Opportunities


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TitleDescription and EligibilityTopicSourceDeadline
SunShot Prize Race to the Rooftops

Eligibility: Local governments, State governments, townships, municipalities.
To challenge the ingenuity of America’s businesses and communities to make it faster, easier, and cheaper to install rooftop solar energy systems. Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 10/31/2014

SolarU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014
SunShot Catalyst Prize

The Catalyst Program is a series of contests designed to incentivize the public to address time-sensitive market problems in the solar industry. For more information on the Catalyst Program and for the official rules, please visit http://catalyst.energy.gov. Eligibility: Unrestricted.

SolarU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014
Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects

Description and eligibility: DOE seeks Applications for loan guarantees to finance projects located in the United States that employ innovative and renewable or efficient energy technologies that avoid, reduce, or sequester anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases. Eligibility: See “Project Eligibility.”

Renewable and efficient energy technologiesU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014
Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks alternative pathways to overcome two of the key barriers to commercializing algal biofuels: the high cost of producing algal biomass and the low yield of target biofuel and bioproduct feedstocks produced from algae. 

BiofuelsU.S. Department of Energy12/15/2014
Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program

Seeks applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Fiscal Year 2015 for financial assistance as follows: grants, guaranteed loans, and combined grants and guaranteed loans for the development and construction of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement projects. Eligibility: Rural small businesses and agricultural producers.

Rural FundingU.S. Department of Agriculture12/31/2014
RFI Wind Energy Bat and Eagle Impact Minimization Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities

This funding opportunity seeks to advance the readiness of technologies intended to reduce mortality of bats, eagles, or other wildlife at operational wind turbines or wind facilities. In particular, input is sought on the current state of wildlife impact mitigation and minimization technologies. Eligibility: Unrestricted.

WindU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2014
Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCE Opportunities

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks to further Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) system technologies by soliciting transformative projects for all of the components of a CSP plant. 

SolarU.S. Department of Energy11/26/2014


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