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Agriculture and Rural Businesses Energy Incentive Program

Agriculture customers have been underserved by energy programs in past years. There is a significant need in the agriculture industry to invest in their buildings and operations to become more efficient and sustainable businesses. Many of these sectors have been struggling to make ends meet and these businesses have limited capital to invest in their assets. Investment in these businesses could make them more efficient, reduce operating costs, and more stable to continue the vital operations that they serve.

 

When starting large (35+hp) electric motors the draw on the electric grid can be significant. This causes high electric use, demand charges, and even grid impacts such as power surges to other customers in the area.

Contact

Jake Wilkinson
WilkinsonJ8@Michigan.gov
517-290-7995

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be an agriculture, or related, entity (farm, crop processing, food processing, etc.). Also eligible are organizations that provide assistance/services to the eligible applicants listed.  

Funding Amount

A total of $75,000 will be made available for this program. Project funding will be limited at 50% of the total project cost.  

Awardee Obligations

  • Sample Agreement
  • Meetings  minimum of monthly meetings with grant manager (in-person or by phone)
  • Reporting – monthly progress reports and a final report on the project deliverables
  • Payment Requests  financial status report supported by invoices, timesheets, receipts, and other supporting documentation as needed, no less than bi-monthly

Timeline

Application Posting Date:

January 2023

Application Deadline:

Ongoing until funds committed or May 31, 2023, whichever comes first

Start Date of Projects:

Effective date of Grant Agreement (dependent on application date and approval process)

End Date of Projects:

August 31, 2024

Deadline for Payment Submission:

September 30, 2024

 

Application Documents