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Ag Energy Funding Opportunities The Dalles March 31, 2011.

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1 Ag Energy Funding Opportunities The Dalles March 31, 2011

2 Thank You Stephanie Page – Renewable Energy Specialist, Oregon Department of Agriculture Don Hollis – Rural Business Specialist, USDA Rural Development

3 Benefits to Agriculture Reduce irrigation pumping cost In some cases increase yields Natural resource benefits Incentives available

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5 Incentives Menu State Federal Public Utilities/Bonneville Power Energy Trust of Oregon

6 The Dalles Irrigation District Funding Sources Agriculture Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) Promotes ground and surface water conservation and improves water quality by helping farmers and ranchers voluntarily implement agricultural water enhancement activities. The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). With CCPI, partners request assistance for a specific project area or resource concern. In the case of TDID that resource concern was water and energy. Bonneville Power Administration Energy Efficiency & Conservation Program. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the Pacific Northwest Region of the Bureau of Reclamation offer technical and financial incentives to use federal power more efficiently at Idaho, Oregon and Washington irrigation Districts.

7 Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) Based on capital costs that will be recovered in a 15-year period – Energy efficiency projects (pumps, motors, lighting, etc.) receive 35% credit – Renewable energy projects receive 50% credit – Must apply for renewable BETC during application periods

8 Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) Overview Claimed over five years. Special pass-through option Maximum eligible costs are $20 million per project per year (or $10 million in credits at the 50% rate).

9 Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) Must apply in advance!!! For renewable BETC, must apply during allowed application period Can begin project after applying But - wait for certification if depending on credit to finance project

10 Oregon Department of Energy: State Energy Loan Program (SELP) years Fixed rate Amounts range from $20,000 to $20 million

11 Oregon Department of Agriculture: Irrigation Efficiency Grants The Oregon Departments of Agriculture (ODA) and Energy (ODOE) have awarded grants to several organizations to distribute to farmers and ranchers for irrigation efficiency improvements. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded through the State Energy Program (SEP) Recipient organizations are: Wy'East Resource Conservation & Development Council, Columbia-Blue Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Council, Wasco County Soil & Water Conservation District, Sisters Irrigation District, DariTech, Inc., and Klamath Soil & Water Conservation District.

12 Rural Energy Programs from USDA Rural Development Vicki Walker, State Director Jeff Deiss, RBS Program Director

13 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Wind – turbines, small & large Solar – PV or Thermal Biomass & Bioenergy – biofuels (e.g., biodiesel) or electricity (e.g., biomass boilers & wood pellets) from renewable organic source materials Anaerobic Digester – animal waste Geothermal – electric or direct use Energy Efficiency – commercial or farm buildings, irrigation systems New eligible categories! Hydroelectric – micro-hydro – but proven technologies only

14 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Agricultural Producers (50% or more of income from agriculture operation) Small Rural Businesses (SBA size standards) Not eligible: Nonprofits & public entities Residential projects

15 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Project must be located in rural area (non-metro) Commercially-available technology (not R & D) US Citizen or Permanent Resident

16 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Accepting Application for FY Can start project once complete application is submitted. Application template is available on Oregon- RDs web site. Consider Hiring Grant Writer Funding Notice anticipated

17 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Projects with greatest chance of success: Small renewable energy projects $20K or less (special set aside) Small wind Rooftop solar Such projects submit simpler applications No feasibility study is required Energy efficiency projects Energy savings >35% energy audit by a PE or CEM

18 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP ) guaranteed loans Lender-driven: federal guarantee of bank loans for energy projects Maximum loan amount: $25 million Oregon has approval $10 million Lender gets a 60-85% guarantee (depending on loan size) on their loan Loan can finance up to 75% of project

19 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP ) combos (grants + guaranteed loans) Combination cannot exceed 75% of project cost. Grant amount not to exceed 25%. Combo projects may enjoy faster approval process & increased access to grants. Combo requires a willing lender.

20 Bonneville Power Administration Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program Component Measure Irrigation Pump Testing and System Analysis Irrigation System Upgrades Irrigation Scheduling Variable Frequency Drives Freeze Resistant Stock Water Tanks/Fountains Transformer De-energization New Agricultural Construction Other Agricultural Measures: low pressure & low energy conversion

21 Contact Wasco Electric North Wasco PUD Hood River Electric Robert Wallace

22 Energy Trust of Oregon Serving Private Utilities Irrigation Equipment Irrigation Pump Variable Frequency Drive Irrigation System Conversions Sprinklers, Nozzles and Gaskets Motors + Drives Your Program Delivery Contractor (PDC) is Cascade Energy Engineering. Contact them at

23 Thank You Merlin Berg WyEast RC&D Coordinator x117


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