Oregon grants $158,000 for renewable energy study

Renewable energy projects across Oregon got a boost this week when Business Oregon, the state's economic development department,approved eight grants through its Infrastructure Finance Authority Renewable Energy Feasibility fund.

The $158,000 will fund the study of how renewable energy projects — from wave power to solar installations — can be integrated with public infrastructure projects.

The fund has distributed grants totaling between $150,000 to $200,000 every year since it was formed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski in 2006.

Under the fund's rules, the grants fund renewable energy feasibility studies to provide an assessment of the technical and economic viability of proposed projects. Only public entities such as cities, counties, tribes, ports and special districts are eligible to apply.

Communities receiving REF grants from the department, formally known as Business Oregon, include:

  • • Douglas County, wave energy project, $45,000 (matched by $15,000 in local funds)
    • Tillamook County, bio-energy, $20,000 ($70,000 local match)
    • Baker County, boiler conversion, $25,000 ($10,000 local match)
    • Tumalo Irrigation District, hydro project, $5,250 ($1,750 local match)
    • City of Bandon, fish hatchery hydro pump, $7,500 ($2,500 local match)
    • Rock Creek District Improvement Company, hydroelectric project, $5,250 ($1,750 local match)
    • Hood River County, biomass project, $20,000 ($5,000 local match)
    • City of Medford, solar project, $30,000 ($10,000 local match)

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