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ELEVEN NEW AWARDS TO FUND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT FEASIBILITY STUDIES
7/14/2010

For Immediate Release
Contacts:
 Rebecca Sherman
 (503) 373-2120
 Kathy Shinn
Corrected (503) 373-1033
#10-26In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
The Oregon Department of Energy has issued 11 awards in a competitive process to study the feasibility of specific and new renewable energy, heat, and fuel projects in Oregon. Eleven projects in nine counties received funding ranging from $20,000 to $50,000, at a total commitment level of $351,000.
 
The purpose of the CREFF program is to encourage widespread adoption of renewable energy projects that reduce Oregon’s dependence on fossil-based energy sources and promote sustainable economic development. Studies may address initial resource assessments, siting and permitting requirements, transmission and interconnection, environmental footprint, and long-term economic viability.
 
“These funds help communities and businesses answer their first critical questions about developing renewable energy,” says Rebecca Sherman, Renewable Energy Development Coordinator at the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). “With a feasibility study in hand, our awardees will have a solid financing platform and a road map to building their new projects.”
 
The Department of Energy issued renewable energy feasibility awards for eleven studies.  Information about all of the awards is available online at http://oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/CREFF.shtml/.  Three of the eleven awards are highlighted below:
 
Crane Wind and Solar Thermal Study (Crane School District, Harney County, $31,000)
The Crane School District will construct a wind-testing tower to help them design and build a wind turbine on school grounds. The school district also will examine opportunities for a solar thermal project to help heat water in the school cafeteria and campus dormitory.
 
Lakeview Heating District Study (Town of Lakeview, Lake County, $40,000)
The Town of Lakeview has ample geothermal resources and has already successfully implemented geothermal heating projects in large public facilities. With this award, Lakeview will map out the potential for a heating district, supplying geothermal heat to town businesses and buildings.
 
Wallowa Combined Heat and Power (Wallowa Resources, Wallowa County, $20,000)
Wallowa Resources transformed the old Wallowa County Hospital in Enterprise into the Wallowa Resources Stewardship Center. The Center will evaluate, design, and create a financing plan to build a combined heat-and-power boiler to heat the Center efficiently, fueled by biomass stocks such as briquettes.
 
A full list of awardees follows:
 

Awardee
Study Type
County
Community
% of Total Cost
Amount Awarded
Wallowa Resources
Biomass Combined Heat-and-Power
Wallowa
Enterprise
68%
$20,000
Crane School District #1J and #4
Wind and Solar Thermal
Harney
Crane
69%
$31,000
Hot Lake Properties LLC
Geothermal Power
Union
La Grande
75%
$28,500
Old Mill Solar, LLC
Solar Array
Klamath
Bly
64%
$23,000
Philomath School District #17J
Solar Array
Benton
Philomath
75%
$22,500
City of Sisters
Woody Biomass Heating and Manufacturing
Deschutes
Sisters
72%
$31,000
Oregon Community Wind, LLC
Wind Farm
Lake
Adel
55%
$40,000
Crook County 
Solar Array
Crook
Prineville
71%
$20,000
Town of Lakeview
Geothermal Heating District
Lake
Lakeview
60%
$40,000
DH&G Cascades LLC
Solar Array
Crook
Prineville
64%
$45,000
Mariah Wind, LLC
Wind Farm
Morrow
Lexington
74%
$50,000
TOTAL
$351,000
 
 
The CREFF program is competitive. More information is available on the ODOE website at http://oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/CREFF.shtml.
 
The program was established in 2007 with funds from a legal settlement between the state of Oregon and Reliant Energy. One million dollars of the settlement was set aside to provide financial assistance for feasibility studies for renewable energy projects that benefit Oregon energy consumers and local communities.
 
In 2009 the CREFF program issued its first round of awards at a total grant level of $171,500. These awards represented a range of renewable energy sectors throughout Oregon, and will result in six feasibility studies examining wind, bioenergy, hydropower and solar projects.  To date, the program has committed over $650,000 to feasibility projects that provide the essential first step for renewable energy development in Oregon.