ODOD - Advanced Energy Program Grants - Multi-Family Residential Solar Thermal Incentive

November 08, 2010


Note: The Ohio Advanced Energy Fund (AEF) expired as of December 31, 2010. With its expiration, the AEF, which is a public benefit fund, is no longer collecting money and thus unable to financially support ODOD programs. For any questions on the Advanced Energy Fund, please contact the Ohio Energy Resources Division directly using the contact information below. This information is for historical purposes only. The Ohio Energy Resources Division, which resides within the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), is offering grants on a first-come, first-served basis for the installation of solar thermal technologies for new construction and retrofits of multi-family housing and single-family developments of ten (10) units or more. In order to qualify, the project must be based in Ohio and served by one of the following investor-owned utilities: American Electric Power, Dayton Power & Light, Duke Energy, and FirstEnergy. Customers of these utilities pay into the Advanced Energy Fund, which provides funds for the incentive. Incentive amounts vary depending on the development type, as summarized in the table below. Project equipment may not be ordered, purchased, or installed prior to the execution of a AEF grant agreement with the ODOD.

Housing TypeIncentive LevelMaximum Grant Award: multi-familyMaximum Grant Award: one-, two-, and three-family
Market Rate HousingThe lesser of $30 per kBtu/day or 50% of system cost$75,000/building$8,000/unit
Affordable Housing The lesser of $50 per kBtu/day or 50% of system cost $100,000/building$10,000/unit
Affordable LEED/E-Star50% of system cost50% of system cost50% of system cost
Solar Thermal Energy Incentive for Residential Housing Units (NOFA 09-03) The Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) provides specific definitions and guidelines regarding what qualifies as affordable multifamily, affordable one-, two-, and three-family, as well as market rate multifamily and market rate one-, two-, and three-family housing units and should be consulted. AEF Grant Application Guidelines and Documents For additional information, application guidelines and related program documents:
  1. Visit the Ohio Energy Resource Division's Advanced Energy Fund Grants website
  2. Select the appropriate Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) based on energy project category
  3. Review the project relevant NOFA documents to understand complete guidelines, application procedures and minimum requirements for grant eligibility

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site: http://development.ohio.gov/Energy/Incentives/AdvancedEnergyFundGrants.htm
Administrator: Ohio Department of Development
Start Date: January 2009
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
Incentive Amount: Market Rate Housing: $30/kBtu per day or 50% of cost
Affordable Housing: $50/kBtu per day or 50% of cost
Affordable LEED/Energy Star Housing: 50% of cost
Maximum Incentive: Varies depending on housing category (market rate or affordable, and multi-family or one-, two-, three-family)
Equipment Requirements: Components must be new and come with a manufacturer's warranty; custom components must have a five-year warranty from installer
Installation Requirements: Systems must be permanent (non-portable)


Name: General Information ODOD
Organization: Ohio Department of Development
Address: 77 South High Street, 26th Floor
Columbus OH 43216-1001
Phone: (614) 466-6797
Email: energy@development.ohio.gov

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.