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CHIP program to provide energy grants

Posted: Friday, September 2, 2011

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced a new round of funding for Indiana commercial or industrial facilities planning energy efficiency upgrades to existing facilities. The Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power (CHIP) program provides grants from $100,000 to $500,000 to help pay for large-scale energy efficiency upgrades or retrofits. CHIP uses federal funds administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

“The CHIP program takes the issue of energy efficiency directly to where the most energy is being consumed,” said Lt. Governor Skillman. “All Hoosiers will benefit if our commercial and industrial sectors use energy more economically.”

In order to be considered for a CHIP grant, the proposed project must be located in Indiana, and demonstrate measurable improvements in energy efficiency, result in a reduction in energy demand, or implement an energy recycling process. Eligible project technologies include: lighting, lighting controls/sensors, chillers, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, building insulation, windows, doors, energy management systems/controls, energy efficient compressed air, pumps and motors.

CHIP is a competitive grant program, with applications being accepted between August 25, 2011 and September 21, 2011. While no local cost match is required, applicants may use leveraged funds to complete project funding.   Program Guidelines and access to the online grant application system are available at http://www.energy.in.gov.

The first round of CHIP funding was completed in 2010.  In the first round, 11 companies divided $2.2 million for energy efficiency projects upgrades or retrofits.  Both rounds of CHIP grants have been funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA).