Wind Energy Demonstration Grants

May 23, 2005


The Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) is offering a total of $311,000 in grants to fund wind-energy demonstration projects. Grants will support the installation of small-scale, net-metered wind systems on farms, schools and other public areas. There is a maximum award of $30,000 per project -- except for farm projects, which have a $50,000 maximum -- and a 50% cost-share requirement, which may include in-kind contributions. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are distributed. Funding for the DPS Wind Development Program has been allocated by the U.S. Department of Energy in three phases, beginning in 2002. During Phase 1 of the program, the DPS supported the development of demonstration wind sites, developed educational programs, and addressed permitting and regulatory issues. During Phase 2, the DPS conducted wind evaluation design and development analysis; supported the installation of several additional wind turbines to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of wind energy; and completed mapping for potential wind sites. During Phase 3, the DPS will focus on installing wind turbines throughout the state and educating the public on the benefits of wind energy. During the past several years, the DPS has utilized a dispute-resolution process to address siting concerns related to the planning process. See the program web site for information pertaining to the application process. For additional information, contact Rob Ide of the DPS at (802) 828-4009.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Vermont
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Vermont Department of Public Service
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
Incentive Amount: Varies
Maximum Incentive: $30,000 ($50,000 for on-farm projects)
Equipment Requirements: 50% cost-share required


Name: Rob Ide
Organization: Vermont Department of Public Service
Address: 112 State Street
Montpelier VT 05620-2601
Phone: (802) 828-4009
Name: Erin Bralich
Organization: Vermont Department of Public Service
Address: 112 State Street
Montpelier VT 05620-2601
Phone: (802) 828-4036

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.