State Energy Program Formula Grant
Grants and Fiscal Manager
775-687-1850, ext. 7304
The State Energy Program formula grant is an annual source of federal funds from the Department of Energy (DOE). The program goal is to improve the reliability and maintain the affordability of energy supplies available to Nevada residents and businesses. The SEP Formula Grant is used to fund and promote energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects throughout Nevada. Nevada received $328,060 in FY 2014 and $344,230 in FY 2015. The State is required to provide a 20% match.
This program promotes the use of renewable energy, reviews energy
trends, coordinates with federal and state agencies to reduce energy
costs, and works to improve Nevada’s economy. The sub-recipients that
received funding to implement worthwhile projects in Nevada in FY 2015 include the following:
Panaca Community Solar Project
Lincoln County Power District No. 1 received $12,000 to help build Nevada's first community solar project near the town of Panaca in east-central Nevada. The project has an annual generating capacity of 90 kW and reduces the amount of electricity annually purchased on the open market.
Elgin School House State Historic Site
A one-room schoolhouse in Lincoln County that housed students from 1922 through 1967, received $3,600 to install batteries capable of storing energy from the school’s four kilowatt (kW) solar system. The power will be used at night for lighting and security of the schoolhouse.
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
This 1,540-acre park located in northwestern Nye County was
awarded $22,000 to install a six kW solar lighting system in the Fossil House.
This provides better illumination of the park’s star attraction, the
largest known Ichthyosaur fossil ever found.
Beaver Dam State Park
This 2,400-acre mountain
park on the Nevada-Utah border was allotted
$7,000 to install batteries capable of storing energy generated by an eight
kW solar system. This will ensure a more reliable energy source for campgrounds
and other facilities.
Lincoln County Streetlights
The towns of Alamo and Panaca installed energy efficient streetlights thanks to
a $25,000 grant awarded to Lincoln County Power District No. 1, which
provides electric power in east-central Nevada.