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Ohio Grants for Residential Systems


American Electric Power (AEP) was offering grants to residential and commercial customers in its Ohio service territories. AEP Ohio’s Renewable Energy Technology This program expired on June 30, 2013. The program allowed customers who install a qualified renewable energy resource to receive this financial incentive in exchange for committing to sell your Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to AEP Ohio for 15 years. The grants were subject to availability of funding, and were based on system size. They were calculated at $1.50 per watt DC STC. Grants could be for no more than 50% of system cost, or a maximum of $12,000 for residential systems, and a maximum of $75,000 for commercial systems. AEP has indicated that it may be announcing a new round of grants at some point in the future. See AEP Renewables Grants for details


Note: On  November 5, 2010, Ohio announced suspension of all new Advanced Energy Fund grants for residential solar electric (PV), wind and solar thermal systems. Grants have also been suspended for businesses, schools, institutions, farms, local government entities, and other non-residential systems. The following information details the Ohio Residential grant program prior to this suspension for historical reference only. NO OHIO GRANTS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.

The Ohio Dept. of Development, Energy Office once again provides Advanced Energy Fund grants for residential systems under NOFA #09-02, NOFA #09-03, and NOFA #09-04. The grants are available for home owners to install a renewable energy system on their primary residence. These NOFAs were announced in January 2009. These NOFAs replaced NOFA 07-03. There are grants available for Solar Electric (photovoltaic), Solar Thermal, and Wind systems. In order to qualify for a grant you must be in an Investor Owned Utility service area. That is your utility company must be one of the FirstEnergy companies (CEI, Toledo Edison, or Ohio Edison), one of the AEP companies, Duke Power, or Dayton Power & Light. If your utility company is a municipal or rural co-op utility you are not eligible for an Advanced Energy Fund grant.

Ohio Residential Solar Electric (PV) Grants (NOFA 09-04)

Grants are awarded based on system size. Systems must be at least 2 kW to qualify. Size is determined by adding up the STC watts rating for all the solar PV modules in the system. The grant provides $3.00 per watt. The maximum grant for Residential PV systems is $25,000, but no more than 50% of system cost.

Dovetail now has a Residential Solar Financing Program to enable homeowners to acquire a system with minimal up-front payment. See Residential Financing for details.

Ohio Residential Wind System Grants (NOFA 09-02)

Grants are awarded based on turbine output at the location and height that it is installed. Turbines must produce at least 3 kW AC at average site wind speed to qualify. The grant provides $2.00 per watt. The maximum grant for Residential wind systems can be no more that 50% of the system cost or more than $25,000.

Ohio Residential Solar Thermal Grants (NOFA 09-03)

These grants are only available for residential multi-family buildings and one-, two-, and three-family buildings in affordable and market rate developments that are heating potable and/or space heating water with electricity. Building projects must be in tranches of 10 dwelling units or more to qualify for funds. Grants are awarded based on system size. Size is determined by adding up the SRCC 100 "clear day", category "C" BTU rating for all the solar thermal collectors in the system. The grant provides $30.00 per kBTU for Market Rate Housing. The maximum grant for Market Rate Housing solar thermal systems is $8,000 per unit, and $75,000 per building, but no more than 50% of system cost. The grant provides $50.00 per kBTU for Affordable Housing. The maximum grant for Affordable Housing solar thermal systems is $10,000 per unit, and $100,000 per building, but no more than 50% of system cost. The grant for Affordable LEED / E-Star Housing solar thermal systems is 50% of the system cost.

Give us a call to discuss your specific situation. Ohioans should also check the State of Ohio web site: Ohio Dept. of Development's Office of Energy Efficiency (ODOD, OEE) for details on the renewable energy grants that are available.



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