As the world of green rebates and incentives continues to evolve the sources for rebate money continues to expand as well. Below are the top sources to search for rebate money, grant funds and Stimulus money for any of your projects. It may require some research but there is money out there.
As I wrote about in a previous post, I’d highly recommend off loading the research part of this project to an intern/assistant. Someone could easily spend 10-15 hours looking through the various programs but the ROI is worth it. Even if it takes you 15 hours to find a program that saves you $20,000 over the next 9 months, it’s worth it.
The List of Green Rebate Links
- The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is an ongoing project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The site is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy. It is the first place to look for rebates, credits and incentives for all 50 states. www.dsireusa.org
- Grants.gov is the Federal Government’s web site for posting funding opportunities from all Federal Agencies. It is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. www.grants.gov
- ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. This website also offers a list of Federal Tax Credits and Rebates. For example, if you install solar panels you can receive a tax credit equal to 30% of the cost. www.energystar.gov/
- The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) Program was funded for the first time by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It is intended to assist U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Indian tribes to develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs. Through formula and competitive grants, the Program empowers local communities to make strategic investments to meet the nation’s long-term goals for energy independence and leadership on climate change. www.eecbg.energy.gov
- The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) works with business, industry, universities, and others to increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. One way EERE encourages the growth of these technologies is by offering financial assistance opportunities for their development and demonstration. www.eere.energy.gov
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides Tax Incentives and Tax Credits for individuals to invest in energy-efficient products. www.irs.gov
- EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Numerous sources of funding for green building are available at the national, state and local levels for homeowners, industry, government organizations and nonprofits.
- Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is a membership association of local governments committed to advancing climate protection and sustainable development. Find the latest funding opportunities offered by local governments. http://www.icleiusa.org/action-center/financing-staffing