Michigan Agency for Energy issues grant request for retooling and manufacturing sector

October 31, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Agency for Energy’s Energy Office announced today a Request-for-Proposals (RFP) for small business manufacturers interested in investing in retooling projects that result in energy waste reduction in manufacturing processes and/or the manufacturing of clean energy technologies. Proposals are due by Dec. 12.

“Each year, Michigan small businesses pay millions of dollars in unnecessary energy costs due to inefficiencies in manufacturing processes and other factors,” said Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE). “Small businesses are particularly vulnerable because they often operate on small cash reserves, and utility costs are a large part of their operation budget. The Retooling and Manufacturing RFP aims to help small businesses make capital investments in energy efficient equipment and other measures that reduce energy waste, create or retain jobs, and maintain competitiveness in the marketplace.”

The RFP is open to small manufacturers with 500 or fewer employees located in Michigan. Eligible projects are those that decrease energy waste in manufacturing processes or increase manufacturing of energy efficient technologies.

A total of $100,000 in funding is available.  Grant awards will range from $25,000 to $50,000 for equipment purchases only, with a 4-to-1 match requirement of cash or in-kind services.

Funds for the Retooling and Manufacturing grant program come from the U.S. Department of Energy through MAE’s Energy Office.

Click here to view the RFP.

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