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Energy Department Announces Topics and New Approaches for Grants to Small Businesses in Clean Energy Technologies
The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today announced new topics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) program that will help small businesses develop innovative ideas and deliver market-driven solutions. EERE’s areas of interest range from energy-saving buildings and manufacturing to sustainable transportation and renewable electricity generation. Small businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technologies they develop and are encouraged to commercialize them.
Grant applications submitted by small businesses must respond to a specific topic and subtopic. EERE topics for this release include:
- Integrating Energy Efficient Solid-state Lighting with Advanced Sensors and Controls
- Prototype Fuel Cell-Battery Electric Hybrid Truck for Waste Transportation
- Software Tools for Photovoltaic Soft Cost Reductions and Grid Integration
- U.S. Offshore Wind Personnel and Equipment Transfer Systems
- Novel Membranes and Non-Platinum Group Metal Catalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells.
The SBIR/STTR application process starts with a Letter of Intent, which eligible businesses must file by December 16, 2013. In addition, an information webinar on the topics will be held on Monday, November 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Register now to attend the webinar. Read More…
This RFP seeks proposals for the development of a comprehensive self-guided program, called the Cleantech Commercialization Toolkit. The toolkit will define the steps necessary for successful technology development and commercialization; will provide the resources, templates, and instructions necessary for cleantech companies to build the capabilities needed for commercialization; and will allow for progress tracking and document sharing through an interactive website that will be developed as part of this effort. The objectives of the toolkit are to help cleantech companies assess the state and maturity of their business, the business potential for their innovations, to identify and assess the intended market, build internal capabilities to protect the technology and prepare it for launch, and manage the product once commercialized.
Learn more here.
Proposal Deadline: December 6, 2013
Theme: Food and Sustainability
Event Summary and Mission
The GoGreen Conference is a one-day, interactive sustainability learning experience. With a distinct
platform of bringing together leaders from across industries and sectors, GoGreen builds viable
networks and cross-pollinates sustainability best practices throughout the regional business
Our mission is to empower business and governmental decision-makers with sustainability strategies,
tools and connections to create positive impact at their organizations.
In this call for proposals, GoGreen is seeking the following submissions:
- Case Study Proposal (for inclusion as a part of a session or panel)
- Solutions Labs (75 min)
- How-To Workshops (75 min)
Read more about qualifications and requirements here: GoGreenSeattle-2014
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is seeking information regarding the purchase of renewable natural gas (RNG) produced in the state of Washington for use at the Airport Terminal Building and Airport Vehicle Fueling Facility.
This request goes toward achieving the goals of the Port’s Century Agenda: “Be the greenest, and most energy efficient port in North America“, and “Use our influence as an institution to promote small business growth and workforce development”. Furthermore, the Port believes the use of renewable natural gas could be an effective tool in meeting our goal of “Reducing Airport owned and controlled greenhouse gas emissions by 15% below 2005 levels by 2020.”
If you work with RNG you may be interested in this Request For Information. Learn more here: RFI SEATAC RNG
This exclusive venture summit will bring together over 500 Venture Capitalists, Corporate VCs, Angel Investors, Investment Bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies; features more than 40 leading VCs on interactive panel discussions; presentations from more than 50 Top Innovators; a dedicated clean-tech track and clean-tech VC panel and high-level networking opportunities.
Partial list of VCs confirmed to speak includes:
Sean Ammirati, Partner, Birchmere Ventures | Susan Antonio, General Partner, Saturn Partners | Alex Baker, Principal, Relay Ventures | Steve Berg, Senior Analyst, RTP Ventures | Adam Bernstein, Managing Partner, New Energy Capital | Eric Bielke, Senior Investment Associate, Siemens Venture Capital | Larry Bohn, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners | Ela Borenstein, Managing Partner, BDC Healthcare Fund | Nathaniel Brinn, Principal, Vital Venture Capital | Stanley Buchesky, Founder, The EdTech Fund | Dan Burstein, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Millennium Technology Value Partners | Kerry Byler, Managing Director, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners | Carter Caldwell, Principal, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners | Phil Carter, Associate, Trinity Ventures | Neil Chheda, Co-Founder & General Partner, Romulus Capital | AND MORE!
For more information and to register for this event, click here.
WCTA Members will receive a discount for this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If you are seeking startup, working or growth capital for your business, this is the event of the year.
Learn about various local sources of capital and find out which are right for your business! Join us for 4 incredible panels on traditional and alternative lending options, startups, crowdfunding and more…
- Access to lenders Meet one on one with loan officers from 15+ lenders on site
- Access to Experts Join roundtable discussions with alternative funding organizations
- Access to Resources Discover free and low cost small business resources.
- Space is limited. Register now!
No other event in Seattle gives you this kind of interactive access under one roof, in one day!
Register now to get Export-Import Bank of the United States’ 100% off discount – please email Kelsey@wacleantech.org for the promo code.
Learn More. We hope to see you there!
Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet
Tuesday, November 12
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA
Commerce names lenders for $14.5 Million Clean Energy Loan Fund
Craft3 and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union selected to manage state revolving loan funds for supporting widespread use of proven building energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies
OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced that Craft3 and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union will be awarded grants of $11.6 million and $2.9 million respectively to help individuals and companies finance residential and commercial building energy efficiency work and renewable energy technology installations. The loan program is the first of Governor Jay Inslee’s Clean Energy Funds to launch. The Legislature appropriated a total of $65 million across five funds in the 2013-15 state capital budget to support and grow Washington’s clean energy economy.
“This is an important milestone in our efforts to invest in clean energy technologies that save energy, cut energy costs, reduce harmful air emissions, increase energy independence and create jobs in our state,” Governor Inslee said.
“The Clean Energy Revolving Loan Fund will focus on proven technology and efficiency measures, where we can expect immediate benefits in job creation and energy savings, and high potential for attracting private capital to leverage the state’s investment,” said Brian Bonlender, Commerce Director.
“These lenders put forward credible plans to leverage state funds that, if successful, will finance more than $100 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects statewide,” Bonlender said.
Commerce will execute performance-based contracts with the two nonprofit lenders, and expects loans to be made available beginning in early 2014, if not sooner. Disbursements to the selected lenders will happen in tranches, triggered by performance metrics and matching fund goals identified in the contracts.
Here are the latest Program Guidelines for the Washington State Department of Commerce 2013-2015 Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants for Higher Education, Local Governments and State Agencies program. We updated the information required when applying for a solar only grant.
All applicants applying for a Commerce solar only grant must submit documentation to demonstrate that the building(s) are energy efficient and do not need energy conservation work. Please use EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® first and then if your building type doesn’t fit into one of the 18 categories, use the second documentation method listed below:
- Use EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® to create an ENERGY STAR score. The ENERGY STAR score must be 80 or higher. This method is limited to a set of 18 building descriptions.
- If your building type does not receive an ENERGY STAR score using Portfolio Manager®, use ENERGY STAR Target Finder. When entering data, enter the buildings actual energy use in the “estimated energy use” cells. Submit the “statement of energy use intent” report with your grant submission. To be eligible for a solar only grant, the building site EUI must be 30 percent lower than the median building site EUI included in this report. Target Finder supports 80 different building types.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact:
Pat Gibbon and Tom Stilz
Energy Efficiency and Solar Grant
Department of Commerce
Community Services and Housing Division
1011 Plum St SE
PO Box 42525
Olympia, WA 98504-2525
An integral part of HANNOVER MESSE, the HERMES AWARD is one of the world’s most important and sought-after technology prizes. As of today, companies and institutions from around the world who will be exhibiting their product innovations at HANNOVER MESSE 2014 are invited to apply for the HERMES AWARD. The coveted award carries a PR prize package worth around 100,000 euros.
This year’s topic will identify and support promising water innovations in the Food and Agriculture Sector. Benefits to participating teams are:
- Introductions to Beta Customers, investors, and strategic partners through our Accelerator Program
- Market visibility in trade journals and at major industry events
- Cash awards and in-kind services
- Feedback from a panel of leading investors and market experts
Oct 1 – Nov 15, 2013
March 22, 2014