The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will accept project applications from September to January 2018. à‚
The microgrid scheme was created in 2012 to support distributed energy for critical facilities after severe storms in the state caused lengthy power outages. In 2013, the scheme awarded $18m for nine microgrid projects across the state, six of which are now operational. And in 2015, Round 2 of the scheme awarded $5.1m to two projects.
Previous grant winners include four university campuses and seven cities and towns.
Of the $30m pot for the scheme’s latest phase, $20m has been set aside for municipalities which “do not have access to natural gas or are unable to procure generation due to fiscal constraints”, DEEP said.
Funding will be provided through matching funds or low-interest loans.