Massachusetts to Provide Funding to Upgrade its Hydropower Facilities

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced a grant funding opportunity to help upgrade existing hydropower facilities and eventually obtain either a certification by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) or qualify for Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.

To be eligible for a piece of the $11.4 million currently available, the projects must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The facility must located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  2. The facility must have increased generating capacity since December 31, 1997
  3. The specific upgrades and improvements necessary for the facility to qualify as either a Class I or combination Class I/Class II renewable energy generating source under the MA RPS must be clearly identified.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2014 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

The application, terms and conditions and other information related to this grant can be found at http://www.masscec.com/solicitations/massachusetts-rps-hydropower-qualification-assistance.