Nonprofit organizations often find themselves operating on limited budgets. Even handling monthly bills can be challenging at times, especially during times of the year when cash flow is limited. Resources are available to help nonprofits, but if they don’t know about them, they might be missing important opportunities to save money. Read our energy saving grants for nonprofits.
EnerChange works directly with nonprofits in all fields to find ways to help them save money on energy bills. As an added benefit, these energy audits help organizations become more environmentally friendly. The cost of making equipment and structural changes can sometimes be offset by state and federal grants. Here are a few energy-saving grants available to nonprofits in eligible areas.
U.S. Department of Energy
Through its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the U.S. Department of Energy offers financial assistance to help organizations increase the use of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Applicants will be required to obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and register with the appropriate databases.
Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program
Funds are available on a first come, first served basis for Minnesota business, nonprofit, and residential customers who install certified solar thermal systems that were made in Minnesota. Systems must be grid-connected and less than 40 kW-DC.
Xcel Energy Solar*Rewards
Xcel Energy offers incentives to its Minnesota customers who install photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. Each year, customers will receive a credit of $0.08 cents per kWh of energy that is produced over a ten-year period. Applicants must first determine if they are eligible and then complete an application through the program’s application website.
Xcel Energy Community Solar Gardens
Under legislation passed in 2013, Xcel Energy will oversee grants for the development of community solar gardens in Minnesota. Under the program, applicants with solar gardens will be given a credit for the amount of electricity generated from the garden. To be eligible, a solar garden can be up to 1,000 kW in size.
Energy Star Federal Tax Credits
Federal tax credits are available for the installation of geothermal heat pumps and solar energy systems as long as the installations generate sufficient activity on the property. The tax credits apply not only to the purchase of the system but to the installation cost, as well. The forms will be submitted when you file your taxes.
Lake Region Ag and Commercial Energy Grants
The Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) offers grants to customers who make improvements to new or existing construction that result in an increased energy efficiency. These grants can be used to make improvements in HVAC systems, new lighting, and more. LREC invites organizations to contact one of their energy service specialists to find out if their project qualifies for a grant.
A thorough audit from EnerChange can determine where improvements can be made that will qualify for grants, rebates, or tax credits. In addition to the amount your nonprofit will save on its monthly utility bill, you’ll also enjoy savings that will offset the cost of installing more energy-efficient systems.