2010-09-30 / General Stories

State Grants for Renewable Energy Available to Rural Communities

The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) is offering grants through two programs that help rural communities use renewable energy to cut energy costs and develop new sources of drinking water.

The agency anticipates having up to $681,500 available through its Renewable Energy Demonstration Pilot Program (REDPP). Priority for these grants is given to projects that use wind power or solar power to help provide electricity for water treatment or wastewater treatment plants.

TDRA also anticipates having up to $3 million available in its Desalination Fund for projects that use wind power for desalination of brackish groundwater.

The deadline for applications to the Desalination Fund is December 17, 2010. The deadline for applications for the REDPP is January 28, 2011. Application forms and guides will be posted on the TDRA Web site by October 12. See www.tdra.texas.gov

TDRA will hold two workshops regarding these grants: one in Austin on October 12 and one in Sweetwater on October 14.

Applicants for both grant programs must be cities with populations of less than 50,000 or counties with populations of 200,000 or less.

For more information or to register for the workshops, contact Travis Brown, TDRA renewable energy program manager, at 512- 936-7878 or at travis.brown@tdra.state.tx.us

Texas Department of Rural Affairs makes the broad resources of state government more accessible to rural communities. The agency is a provider of rural-focused state and federal resources for community development, economic development, housing and rural health. TDRA is the federally designated State Office of Rural Health and the governor’s lead agency for oversight of disaster recovery funding, and specifically administers the nonhousing portion of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster recovery funds. For more information, visit TDRA online at www.tdra.state.tx.us.

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