American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Energize Missouri Renewable Energy
Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Study Subgrants
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources offered grants for renewable energy resource assessments and project feasibility studies by Missouri residents, businesses, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, universities and research institutions, and county or city governments. The department accepted applications for funding through June 2, 2010.
Funding for Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Study Subgrants comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program, or SEP, made possible by funds from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Study Subgrant program was created to increase the ability of businesses, governments and organizations to make informed decisions about complex renewable energy systems by understanding and solving information deficiency and technical uncertainties. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has made the program available through funding received from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Two focus areas for this program are Renewable Energy Resources Assessments and Feasibility Studies of Renewable Energy Projects.
- Renewable Energy Resources Assessments focus on the investigation and evaluation of local or regional renewable energy resources or commercial/industrial waste streams which could potentially be used in renewable energy projects.
- Feasibility Studies of Renewable Energy Projects focus on the application and evaluation of existing or near-term opportunities and energy needs of businesses or corporations by using renewable energy resources and various site-specific waste streams.
The department received 39 proposals requesting more than $1,750,000 in funding to support nearly $2.4 million of project costs. The department selected 17 projects for subgrant awards totaling nearly $738,000 in support of more than $900,000 in project costs to conduct five renewable energy resource assessments and 12 feasibility studies of renewable energy projects in the state. A wide range of renewable energy resources and technologies are proposed in the awarded studies including solar, geothermal, biomass, biofuels, low-head hydro, landfill gas, municipal solid waste etc.
The subgrant recipients include:
- Washington University in St. Louis, a private university, received $50,000 to determine the application of solar thermal, solar electric and geothermal exchange loops on the Danforth Campus. Their report can be found here. (PDF 717 KB)
- City of Springfield, Solid Waste Management Division in Greene County, received $39,938.88 to determine the use of waste heat and electricity generated from an existing landfill-gas-to-energy facility to operate a commercial greenhouse. Their report can be found here. (PDF 14.9 MB)
- Missouri American Water Company, a water utility in St. Louis County, received $14,428.02 to ascertain the application of centrifugal pumps for energy recovery from pressure reduction between the St. Louis County and St. Charles County water distribution systems. Their report can be found here. (PDF 3.4 MB)
- Microgrid Energy LLC, a renewable energy consultant and contractor in St. Louis County, received two subgrants: $48,150 to perform a complete assessment of solar electric systems at 20 sites throughout the City of Clayton in support of Clayton’s Green Power Community Challenge, found here (ZIP 14.4 MB); and $35,550 for a complete assessment and prioritization plan of solar electric, solar thermal, and geothermal systems for 15 facilities owned and operated by St. Louis County found here. (PDF 8.58 MB)
- Missouri University of Science and Technology, a public university in Phelps County, received $37,127.43 for the development of a gas generation and economic tool for anaerobic digester systems on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO). Download the report here. (PDF 1.07 MB)
- University of Missouri, a public university in Boone County, received two subgrants: $40,000 to determine the feasibility of installing solar hot water to preheat make-up water at the university’s combined heat and power plant, found here (PDF 843 KB); and $47,405.51 to develop a protocol allowing objective evaluations of renewable energy projects based on economics, environment, energy and sustainability, found here. (ZIP 8.33 MB)
- GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical manufacturer in St. Louis County, received $22,990.80 to determine the feasibility of installing solar electric photovoltaic systems at its TUMS manufacturing plant in downtown St. Louis. Download the final report here. (PDF 8.21 MB)
- Global Fuels LLC, a biodiesel plant operator/owner in Stoddard County, received $48,781 to determine the possibility of technology conversion or retrofit to update its biodiesel plant from a 1st generation design using only soybean oil to a 2nd generation design utilizing waste streams for biodiesel production. Their report can be found here. (PDF 607 KB)
- Garnett Wood Products, a wood products company in Howell County, received $50,000 to determine the use of waste heat for electricity generation from their wood based activated carbon facility in the southern Ozark region town of Brandsville. Their report can be found here. (PDF 28.2 MB)
- Tatanka Resources, an environmental consultant in Boone County, received $49,730 to determine the availability and application of grassy biomass to coal fired power plants for electric generation. Their report can be found here. (ZIP 58.4 MB)
- H2O’C Engineering, an environmental engineering firm in Boone County, received $50,000 to study the fate of sewer fat, oil and grease (FOG) and the possibility of locating green diesel conversion technology where FOG is available with emphasis on the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas. Their report can be found here. (PDF 8.43 MB)
- Sunesis, a consultant in Dent County, received $26,016 to assess the availability of agricultural based biomass sources suitable for fuel pellet production in southwest Missouri. Sunesis is located in Salem. Their report can be found here. (PDF 979 KB)
- Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. a full-service engineering, construction, and consulting firm in Jackson County, received $47,552.92 to determine the possibility of a waste to energy plant in Kansas City, Missouri using municipal solid waste. Their report can be found here. (PDF 256 KB)
- Viburnum Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit organization in Iron County, received $50,000 to determine the possibility of a woody biomass fueled electrical generation plant in the Ozark region town of Viburnum. Their report can be found here. (PDF 3.97 MB)
- Metropolitan Energy Center, a non-profit organization in Jackson County, received $50,000 to create a protocol to help homeowners and small business owners determine the most applicable renewable energy system for their property. Metropolitan Energy Center is in Kansas City. Their report can be found here. (ZIP 1.27 MB)
The department’s Division of Energy administered the Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Study Subgrants program. All funded projects were to be completed within a year by August 15, 2011, in order to be eligible for cost reimbursement.
The department administered 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
- Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Study Subgrants fact sheet--PUB2391 (5/10)
- Department of Natural Resources offers grants for renewable energy studies news release
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Division of Energy
1101 Riverside Drive, P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443