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Jan. 16, 2009
New Greenpower Grants will fund renewable energy projects
The Eugene Water & Electric Board has launched a new Greenpower Grant program to provide funding for innovative local or regional renewable energy projects.
Since 2007, thousands of EWEB customers have chosen to support clean renewable energy and the environment by purchasing EWEB Greenpower. They buy $1.50 or $10 “blocks” of Greenpower, or voluntarily dedicate all of their energy use to Greenpower by paying an extra penny per kilowatt-hour of consumption. Revenues are invested in EWEB’s renewable energy efforts.
EWEB developed the new Greenpower Grants to help funnel these funds into smaller-scale renewable energy or education projects. Up to $100,000 will be available in the spring of 2009 for a single grant; additional, smaller grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in the fall. The first grant application deadline is Feb. 15.
To kick off the grant program, EWEB will be asking Greenpower customers to choose the first recipient. A team of EWEB employees will screen the list of grant applicants, selecting a handful of eligible projects for consideration. Greenpower customers then will be able to vote for their favorite project, online or through the mail, starting around March 15.
The winner will be announced at the annual Earth Day Celebration on April 18, at the EWEB River Edge Plaza.
“The EWEB Greenpower Grant program is designed so customers can decide which renewable energy projects and programs receive funding,” says Tom Williams, EWEB Key Account Manager. “It’s an opportunity to make a difference right here for our community.”
Funding criteria and grant applications are available in the Greenpower section of EWEB’s web site, www.eweb.org.
Projects that expand Eugene’s development of local solar photovoltaic electric generation, support educational efforts to a bring broader understanding of sustainability in energy development, or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies such as wave power, will be eligible. Grants would be open to tax-exempt 501c3 organizations, academic and public institutions.
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