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SELP "Call for Projects"
Summary
 
Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) plans to help schools—statewide—become more energy efficient.
 
With this in mind, ODOE’s Small-Scale Energy Loan Program (SELP) is pleased to announce a call for energy efficiency projects at K-12 public schools or with K-12 related infrastructure. SELP will make available low cost financing for eligible school district projects.
 
SELP’s "Call for Projects" at Oregon’s K-12 public schools will close Friday, July 15, 2011 (Please note deadline extension), or when Phase 1 funds have been awarded. Selection of awards will be announced by July 22, 2011 .
 
 

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Details for Applying
 
ODOE has developed the following project threshold and ranking. They are designed to prioritize financing of eligible projects. All projects will be subject to standard SELP underwriting and approval process.
 

Eligibility Threshold
Project’s total simple payback is equal to or less than 25 years
Pass /Fail
Ranking Criteria
Points
(100 Total)
The energy efficiency measure (EEM) or project was previously identified through an energy audit establishing costs and savings
5
Demonstration of project’s timely beginning. (e.g., within four weeks of SELP loan approval)
10
Simple payback sliding scale:
10
Years
Points
0 – 6
10
7– 10
8
11 – 15
7
16 – 25
6
Project financials explicitly link some percentage of avoided energy costs from any installed EEM/project in 2011 with SELP payback
5
Project links avoided energy costs from any installed EEM/project in 2011 with larger, more substantial energy efficiency projects installed in 2012
15
Amount of other, non-SELP funds used to either reduce the project’s total "first costs" or to reduce the overall SELP financing costs (e.g., loan loss reserve for project). This does not include utility incentives. If the project plans to utilize the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC), the project submittal must state that construction will be completed before the BETC’s "Safe Harbor" cutoff date of April 30, 2012.
15
Can demonstrate the EEM/project’s ability to capture existing utility incentives (e.g., ETO incentives, BPA incentives)
10
Demonstrate linkage or plan for project to create local jobs. This can include plans to buy locally produced products.
15
Labor plan seeks to include Minority, Women & Emerging Small Business (www.oregon.gov/gov/MWESB/Index.shtml); includes stakeholder involvement in achieving equity in workforce issues
10
School district has an existing Energy Management or Resource Conservation Management Program
5
 
Proposed projects do not need to have been previously vetted through an energy efficiency audit to qualify. If a school district anticipates utilizing SB 1149 funds to pay for a portion of the project, energy efficiency measures must meet the eligibility criteria of the SB 1149 program and be registered in the program’s database as eligible measures. Projects can include multiple energy efficiency measures spanning several schools within an Oregon School District.
 
Submitted projects can be divided into segments: Simple installations can be scheduled for the summer of 2011 (e.g., lighting and insulation) and major installations can be completed in the summer of 2012. However, all projects must be scheduled to begin this summer and completed in 2012.
 
SELP staff will conduct financial underwriting due diligence. However, the responsibility for a project’s economic, financial, and overall performance will remain with the school districts and their selected contractors and/or project management firms.
In addition to the ranking criteria, SELP staff reviewing applications will also consider:
  • Projects that incorporate a biomass boiler
  • Overall geographic diversity of financed projects
  • Relative socio-economic factors impacting the county/region surrounding the school district
  • Coordination/cooperative arrangements between multiple school districts to complete similar types of projects, lowering costs and creating more demand for local contractors and service providers
 
A SELP School Pilot Submittal (PDF) form can be found online at the ODOE website at www.oregon.gov/energy/GSI. Previously submitted projects do not have to re-register, although more information may be requested by SELP staff.
 
Please use the Narrative Section of the application to explain any special or mitigating conditions that may affect a project’s potential ranking (e.g. difficulty in meeting labor goals in certain locations.)
 
ODOE reserves the right to convene a stakeholder implementation group to review project performance and evaluate proposals and outcomes on project criteria.
 

Moving Forward
 
Phase 1 of this SELP project will finance several million dollars worth of energy efficiency projects. SELP anticipates a Phase 2 "Call for Projects" in the early 2012. The amount of low cost financing available for Phase 2 is not known at this time.
 
For more information contact:
Dan Weldon 503.373.2123
Anthony Buckley 503.373.7400