There is one branch of the federal government that has pledged to “go its own way,” despite threats from the Trump Administration to cut back or eliminate federal programs that provide grants, loans, and other incentives to assist companies with new or improved renewable energy orenergy-efficient technologies and systems.
The U.S. Department of Defense Grants is the single largest fuel consumer in the world, which accounts for more than 90 percent of all U.S. government fuel consumption. The DoD sees renewable energy as a matter of national security and has pledged to improve the military’s “energy security” by 2020 by making its bases and forward military units independent of outside sources of energy and, thus, no longer vulnerable to supply interruptions, and by minimizing petroleum use across all branches of the military by up to 50 percent.
The DoD also has pledged to increase its use of alternative or renewable energy sources for all of the power and fuel it consumes by 50 percent. As part of its campaign to make this aim a reality, DoD awards grants to finance research and development for renewable energy projects in cooperation with US Department Of Agriculture Loans. As of late February, DoD offered more than 50 such funding opportunities.
Because of DoD’ssize and complexity, many companies find it advisable to use an experienced consulting firm to help identify defense-related renewable energy grants, provide expert advice on how to apply, and prepare applications and other required documentation. This kind of expertise can be crucial to the success of your firm’s efforts. For more informationon applying for DoD financing for your project, contact: Craig Evans, Managing Director, Renewable Energy Consulting Services, Tel: 434-303-0800, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the RECS website at www.renewable-energy.consulting.