News Release 463

Department awards more than $700,000 in Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Study subgrants         

Volume 38-463 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 12, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today announced it has selected 17 projects for subgrant awards totaling $734,498 to conduct renewable energy resource assessments and feasibility studies of renewable energy projects in the state.

The department has made the Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Study Subgrants available through funding received from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.    

“The assessments and feasibility studies will help businesses, governments and organizations make informed decisions about complex renewable energy systems,” said Mark N. Templeton, Director of the Department of Natural Resources. “Using Missouri-based renewable resources to generate heat and electricity creates jobs, boosts local economies, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and bolsters our energy security.”

The department has awarded subgrants to a wide range of proposed renewable energy resources and technologies studies, which include solar, geothermal, biomass, biofuels, low-head hydro, landfill gas, municipal solid waste and etc. The subgrant recipients include:

The department’s Division of Energy will administer the Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Study Subgrants program. All funded projects need to be completed within a year by August 15, 2011 in order to be eligible for cost reimbursement.

The department is administering more than $200 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding to support Energize Missouri projects to create jobs and improve energy efficiencies and renewable energy for Missouri. The department is committed to working closely with businesses, industries and communities to assist with funding efforts that support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and provide financial savings.

For more information visit Energize Missouri Renewable Energy’ website at dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissourirenewable.htm.

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