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Grants available for renewable energy systems

DENVER, Colorado – Colorado residents and businesses have until Aug. 28 to apply for grant money to buy and install a variety of renewable energy systems.

The grants are to come from $2 million of President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus funds, known as the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, that recently was turned over to the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office’s New Energy Economic Development (NEED) program.

According to the GEO website, the NEED grants “provide funding to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy for commercial and industrial projects, including residential applications, throughout the state. … These funds will target investments … that create jobs in Colorado and reduce carbon emissions.”



The GEO website states that this is the first of three rounds of grant cycles, the other two being planned for 2010.

According to David Shirkey, whose Renewable Options and Investments company in Boulder specializes in wind turbines, the grant application process can take up to two weeks, and his firm is offering assistance in preparing applications.



Tom Hartman of the GEO confirmed that the application process is “rigorous,” although he was not sure it would necessarily take two weeks to complete the paperwork.

For information on the grant process and applications, go to the GEO website at http://www.colorado.gov/energy and follow the prompts under the headline, “2 million in ARRA funded grants now available.”


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