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WATT’S UP: Renewable Energy Grants Available

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HI, I’M MIKE DREYSPRING, CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OFFICER WITH LA PLATA ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, THE HEART OF YOUR POWER. WELCOME TO WATT’S UP AT LPEA
AS YOU KNOW, LPEA IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL NOT-FOR-
PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. SO, TO FURTHER THAT COMMITMENT AND
ENCOURAGE NEW RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY GENERATION PROJECTS, LPEA
HAS ESTABLISHED A RENEWABLE GENERATION FUNDS GRANT PROGRAM. NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE CURRENT
CONSUMER-MEMBERS IN-GOOD-STANDING, QUALIFY TO APPLY. YOUR LPEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS VERY ENTHUSIASTIC
ABOUT INCREASING DISTRIBUTED, RENEWABLE GENERATION
IN THE AREA. COST IS
OFTEN A BARRIER FOR OUR CONSUMER-MEMBERS – ESPECIALLY NOT-FOR-
PROFITS. A GRANT SUCH AS THIS IS WIN-WIN FOR THESE
ORGANIZATIONS, BECAUSE BY INSTALLING RENEWABLE GENERATION,
THEY WILL REDUCE THEIR ELECTRIC BILLS, ENABLING THEIR VALUABLE
DOLLARS TO GO TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY. THE GRANT FUNDS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FROM LPEA’S
LOCAL RENEWABLE GENERATION FUND – A SEPARATE, OPT-IN FUND
TO WHICH YOU ALL CAN CONTRIBUTE, TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF RENEWABLE
GENERATION PROJECTS RIGHT HERE AT HOME. LPEA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS
PASSIONATE ABOUT PUTTING THOSE DOLLARS BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY. LIMITED FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THIS AND ANY
FUTURE GRANT CYCLES. FOR 2018, WE ANTICIPATE GRANTING A TOTAL OF
$40,000. GRANTS COULD
RANGE BETWEEN $5,000 AND $40,000, AND PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO
PROJECTS THAT CAN ARRANGE FOR MATCHING FUNDS. PARTIAL GRANTS
MAY ALSO BE AWARDED. WE ASK THAT APPLICANTS REQUEST FUNDS FOR A
SPECIFIC PROJECT. DEFINE THE PROJECT. FOR EXAMPLE, INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PANELS
TO PROVIDE ELECTRICITY FOR A HOMELESS SHELTER
OR A CHURCH, OR SOMETHING AS SMALL AS SOLAR PANELS ON THE
DOG KENNELS AT ANNIE’S ORPHANS TO KEEP THE PUPS WARM IN THE WINTER. ALL APPLICANTS MUST PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION
OF NOT-FOR-PROFIT TAX STATUS, AS WELL AS PROOF OF EASEMENT OR TITLE
TO THE PROPERTY WHERE THE RENEWABLE GENERATION PROJECT WILL
BE INSTALLED. ADDITIONALLY, PRIOR TO ACCEPTANCE AND INSTALLATION,
ALL RENEWABLE PROJECTS PLANNING TO INTERCONNECT WITH LPEA’S
GRID MUST UNDERGO AN ENGINEERING REVIEW. IT’S PURELY TO ENSURE THAT OUR EQUIPMENT
AND THAT PARTICULAR SECTION OF OUR GRID CAN HANDLE THE NEW
DISTRIBUTED GENERATION LOAD. WE ALSO WANT TO HELP OUR CONSUMER-MEMBERS
UNDERSTAND THE NUANCES OF PRODUCING THEIR OWN ELECTRICITY. YOU CAN FIND DETAILED REQUIREMENTS ON THE
GRANT APPLICATION, POSTED ON LPEA’S WEBSITE, LPEA DOT CO-OP. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS
NOV. 1, 2018. QUESTIONS? GIVE US A CALL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SOME GREAT
RENEWABLE PROJECTS COMING ON LINE NEXT SPRING. LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL THE EFFORTS MADE BY YOUR
COOPERATIVE IN OUR NEWSLETTER, COLORADO COUNTRY LIFE. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER. AT LPEA, WE’RE THE HEART OF YOUR POWER,
I’M MIKE DREYSPRING FOR LA PLATA ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION.

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