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Renewable Energy Grant: CREFF
Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund (CREFF)
Awards
What is a Qualifying Feasibility Study?
Feasibility Study Library
Key Points to Know if You are Awarded a CREFF Grant
Other Funding Resources
Contact and E-mail List

 

Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund (CREFF)
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The Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund, or CREFF, is a grants program that funds feasibility studies for renewable energy, heat, and fuel projects in Oregon. All grants have been awarded as of February 2011. There will be no more awards made until projects are completed and funds are repaid.

The fund is administered by the Oregon Department of Energy with two goals:
  • Encourage widespread adoption of renewable energy projects that reduce Oregon’s dependence on fossil-based energy sources.
  • Promote sustainable economic development within the state.
The CREFF program was established with a deposit of $1 million obtained through a legal settlement with Relaible Energy. If awardees construct their projects, they are required to repay the cost of the grant back to the CREFF fund. This will make the CREFF plan a revolving fund.

Review the 2010 CREFF Progress Report for a program overview, history, and all CREFF awards.

 
Awards
The Oregon Department of Energy announced awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011 to study the feasibility of specific and new renewable energy, heat, and fuel projects in Oregon. Twenty-six projects received funding, at a total commitment level of $1 million.


Awardee
Study Type
Location
Year Awarded
Amount Awarded
Baker School District
Biomass boiler
Baker City
2009
$10,000
Essential Consulting Oregon, LLC
Dairy Digesters
Grants Pass, Albany
2009
$50,000
International Wood Fuels, LLC
Pellet manufacturing
Baker City
2009
$31,500
Mason Wind Farm Project, LLC
Wind
Lexington
2009
$35,000
North Unit Irrigation District
Hydropower
Madras
2009
$18,982
Redmond Area Park and Recreation Dist.
Solar thermal, biomass
Redmond
2009
$25,000
Philomath School District
Solar array
Philomath
2010
$22,500
Crook County
Solar array
Prineville
2010
$20,000
DH&G Cascades LLC
Solar array
Prineville
2010
$45,000
City of Sisters
Woody biomass heating and manufacturing
Sisters
2010
$31,000
Crane School District
Wind and solar thermal
Crane
2010
$31,000
Old Mill Solar, LLC
Solar array
Bly
2010
$23,000
Oregon Community Wind, LLC
Wind farm
Adel
2010
$40,000
Town of Lakeview
Geothermal
Lakeview
2010
$40,000
Mariah Wind, LLC
Wind farm
Lexington
2010
$50,000
Wallowa Resources
Biomass, combined heat-and-power
Enterprise
2010
$20,000
Sustainable Engineering
Wind
Paisley
2011
$5,200
Central OR Irrigation District
Hydropower
Redmond
2011
$36,000
Triumfus Onion Products
Biogas
Ontario
2011
$44,000
Good Company
Community solar PV
Eugene
2011
$23,900
Portland Public Schools
Solar thermal greenhouse
Portland
2011
$4,125
Surprise Valley Electrification Corp.
Geothermal
Lakeview
2011
$43,000
KWAPA
Geothermal
Klamath Falls
2011
$39,500
Oregon Forest Products Energy Project
Biomass
Various
2011
$150,000
Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon Military Dept.
Solar
Christmas Valley
2011
$122,474
Feasibility Tools Workshop
 
 
2011
$38,819
 
 
TOTAL
 
$1,000,000


To see map of award locations, please see CREFF map.
To review program progress, please see the 2010 CREFF Progress Report.

 
What is a Qualifying Feasibility Study?
A feasibility study is a site-specific study of a renewable energy project that addresses the essential question of whether or not a project is possible and likely to take place.

Examples of eligible feasibility studies may include:
  • Initial energy resource assessments
  • Siting and permitting requirements
  • Environmental surveys
  • Transmission and interconnection issues
  • Ownership structure and funding mechanisms
  • Project costs and economic viability
  • Financial incentives
  • Available output contracts and price
  • Fatal flaw analysis
Your project may be in the first stages of determining what is possible at a given site, or it may be a fully scoped project idea with a specific feasibility issue. Both of these feasibility needs are eligible under the CREFF program.

For a general sense of what is addressed in a feasibility study, please see our sample outline or the sample Renewable Resource Project Business Plan. We welcome suggestions for additions to this outline.


 
Feasibility Study Library
The Oregon Department of Energy has a library of renewable energy feasibility studies conducted in Oregon. Please visit our feasibility studies webpage to view the collected studies to date.

 
Key Points to Know if You are Awarded a CREFF Grant
If you were awarded a grant, congratulations! The CREFF process is very competitive, as we encouraged everyone with eligible projects to apply.

The study you produce with a CREFF grant will be owned by the Oregon Department of Energy. If your project is ultimately developed, you will be asked to return the seed money from the CREFF grant. By paying back the grant amount, the CREFF program will become a revolving fund and continue to offer grants to foster more renewable energy projects in Oregon.

 
Other Funding Resources
For feasibility studies:

Oregon Forest Products Energy Project a partnership between the Oregon Departments of Energy and Forestry, Business Oregon, and the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund administered by Business Oregon.

Renewable Energy Feasibility Grants (REAP) administered by USDA.

Value-Added Producer Planning Grants (VAPG) administered by USDA.


For all project phases:

Energy Trust of Oregon (small hydropower, geothermal, wind, biopower, and solar).


For project funding:
Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC)

State Energy Loan Program (SELP)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds

USDA Renewable Energy Grants for Rural Communities

US Department of Energy: Types of Financial Assistance

Grants.gov (search by the category “Energy”)

DSIRE: Federal Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency
(Production Tax Credit, Investment Tax Credit, Clean Renewable Energy Bonds)

Renewable Energy RFPs (national)

 
Contact and E-mail List

To reach the Oregon Department of Energy about CREFF or to join the e-mail announcement list, please contact the Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund coordinator:

Rebecca O'Neil
Direct line: (503) 373-2295
1-800-221-8035 Toll-free in Oregon