Renewable Energies Funding
With the rising costs and supply concerns of conventional energy sources, many American farmers and small business owners are exploring the feasibility of alternative energy sources, alternative motor fuels, and energy efficiency improvements.
This presents a win/win/win opportunity for our economy, our environment, and our consumers. Renewable energies are American-made, clean, and readily available to decrease our country’s dependency on imported energy sources. Our government has recognized renewable energies as a key component in our nation's growth and sustainability in the 21st century.
Renewable Energies funding sources are quickly changing and evolving. Funding is currently available for such purposes as:
- Research and Development
- Education and Outreach
- Smart Building Practices
- Wind Energy Generation
- Solar Energy Generation
- Hydro-electric Generation
- On-farm Ethanol Production
- On-farm Bio-diesel Production
- Woody Biomass Energy Conversion
- Non-woody Biomass Energy Conversion
- Small-scale and Large-scale On-farm Methane Digestion
- And much more
In addition to local and private funding and assistance sources, the following agencies have taken the lead in this area for Wisconsin Farmers and Small Businesses:
The US Department of Agriculture offers funding for the Installation of energy efficient equipment and improvements to a facility, building, or process or that reduces energy consumption and purchase and installation of a system that produces and/or delivers usable energy derived from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these sources.
Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control the state's growing demand for electricity and natural gas.
Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence
In July 2006, Governor Jim Doyle made an historic announcement, the “Declaration of Energy Independence” which charts a new course for clean energy in Wisconsin. A few months later, in April of 2007, Governor Doyle issued Executive Order 192 creating the Office of Energy Independence (OEI) to lead the state’s effort to advance clean energy and bioproducts. This was the beginning of an effort to become the nation’s leader in the drive toward energy independence, moving us away from our addiction on foreign oil.
The OEI is committed to supporting Wisconsin's goal of generating 25% of its electric power and transportation fuels from renewable resources by 2025, capturing 10% of the emerging bioindustry and renewable energy market by 2030, and leading the nation in groundbreaking research that will make clean energy more affordable and will create good paying Wisconsin jobs.
Please contact Written Impressions to learn more about Renewable Energies Funding and Assistance Opportunities, and to explore your eligibility for the many available programs.