ODOD - Advanced Energy Program Grants - Non-Residential Renewable Energy 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 non-residential renewable-energy projects. in the service areas of the following utilities: American Electric Power, Dayton Power & Light, Duke Energy, and FirstEnergy. The ODOD issues periodic Notices of Funding Available (NOFAs) targeting different types of projects. Project equipment may not be ordered, purchased, or installed prior to the execution of a grant agreement with the ODOD. Non-Residential Renewable Energy (NOFA 08-09) Under this program solicitation, grants are available for wind energy systems, photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar thermal systems. All project components must be new and must include a manufacturer's warranty. Wind and PV systems must be grid connected; stand-alone systems are not eligible. Projects using third-party ownership structures containing an Energy Purchaser, Third-Party Owner, and a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) are eligible to receive incentives, but are subject to slightly different program rules. The terms traditional and third-party will be used hereafter to distinguish between these types of systems. Please see the funding notice on the program website for a more detailed definition of the third-party ownership structure. Wind Energy Systems Non-residential wind-energy systems - both third-party and traditional - are eligible for a grant of $2.00/kWh (of estimated annual output). The wind system must generate a minimum of 3,000 kWh Alternative Current (AC) per year at the average wind speed for the site. The maximum incentive is 40% of the eligible system costs or $200,000, whichever is less. Solar Thermal Systems Non-residential solar-thermal systems are eligible for a grant of $30 per kilo-Btu per day. The minimum system size is 200 kilo-Btu per day for traditional systems and 500 kilo-Btu per day for third-party systems. Solar thermal collectors must be SRCC certified; the SRCC OG-100 rating is used to calculate the system output. The maximum grant award is the lesser of 50% of the project cost, or $150,000 for a traditional solar-thermal system and $200,000 for a third-party owned system. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems All non-residential PV systems are eligible for a grant of $3.50 per watt (DC). The minimum system size is 10 kW (DC) for traditional systems and 50 kW (DC) for third-party systems. The maximum grant award for PV systems is 50% of project costs or $150,000 for traditional systems, whichever is less; and 50% of project costs or $200,000 for third-party systems, whichever is less. 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:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
Incentive Amount: Varies by grant type and technology type
Maximum Incentive: Non-residential Renewable Energy (traditional ownership): $150,000
Non-residential Renewable Energy (third-party ownership): $200,000
Equipment Requirements: All systems and system components must be new;
PV modules must be UL-listed and inverters (for all systems) must be IEEE-929 and UL-1741 certified;
Solar thermal collectors must be SRCC OG-100 certified;
Non-residential renewable energy systems must come with a manufacturer's warranty and installer must provide a 5-year warranty on custom components
Installation Requirements: PV and wind systems must be grid-connected;
NABCEP certification required for PV installations


Name: ORC § 4928.61 et seq.
Date Enacted: 1999


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.