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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

 

DIVISION 200

RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

330-200-0000

Applicability of Rules in OAR 330, Division 200

(1) These rules implement the grant program for renewable energy development established by House Bill 3672 (2011) and amended by House Bill 4079 (2012). The rules provide procedures for submission, agency review and selection of systems for potential grant award, the development of performance agreements and the disbursement of grant funds.

(2) These rules apply to all applicants for renewable energy development grants, as governed by ORS 469B.250 to 469B.265.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

330-200-0010

Definitions

For the purposes of this division, the following definitions apply:

(1) “Applicant” means a person who has applied for a renewable energy development grant.

(2) “Business site” means a site operated for business purposes that is owned by the applicant or the applicant has a formal agreement with the property owner to use the site.

(3) “Cost” has the meaning given in ORS 469B.250, the actual cost of the acquisition, construction and installation of the renewable energy production system paid by the applicant for the system, before considering utility incentives.

(4) “Department” means the Oregon Department of Energy.

(5) “Director” means the director of the department.

(6) “Energy” means electrical energy.

(7) “Grantee” means a person that has received an award of a renewable energy development grant.

(8) “Installation or construction” means the process of physical assembly of a system or supporting infrastructure at its operating location.

(9) “Opportunity period” means the timeframe specified in an Opportunity Announcement for the department to accept applications for renewable energy development grants.

(10) “Person” has the meaning given in ORS 469.020.

(11) “Renewable Energy Development Grant” means a grant awarded as described in these rules.

(12) “Renewable Energy Production System” has the meaning given in ORS 469B.250, a system that uses biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas or wave, tidal or ocean thermal energy technology to produce energy.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

330-200-0020

Opportunity Announcement

(1) The department will announce the availability of renewable energy development grants by issuing an Opportunity Announcement.

(2) The department will continually monitor the allocation of grants to ensure that the total amount of grants awarded does not exceed the amounts available in the Renewable Energy Development subaccount within the Clean Energy Deployment Fund.

(3) If the cumulative total of all grants awarded under the Opportunity Announcement is less than the total amount of funding available, the department may reallocate the balance to future Opportunity Announcements.

(4) The Opportunity Announcement will include the following information:

(a) Objectives for the opportunity period;

(b) The amount of grant funds available;

(c) Application requirements as defined in OAR 330-200-0050;

(d) Dates of the application opportunity period;

(e) Instructions and directions to the required application forms and materials;

(f) Minimum technical standards based on relevant industry standards for renewable energy production systems;

(g) The criteria to be applied in prioritizing applications for grant awards, as described in OAR 330-200-0060;

(h) Guidance on submitting an acceptable resource assessment; and

(i) Other information the department considers necessary.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

330-200-0030

Grant Application

(1) Any person may apply for a grant by submitting a complete grant application. The application must meet requirements provided by applicable statutes, these rules and the current Opportunity Announcement.

(a) The application must be in the form specified in the Opportunity Announcement and these rules.

(b) An applicant must submit a complete application during the opportunity period. For the purposes of this rule, the department considers an application “submitted” when the department receives the application. The department will not process applications received outside of an opportunity period.

(2) The application must be accompanied by the application fee specified in these rules. The department will not process applications received without fee payment.

(3) The department will not accept amendments to applications during the opportunity period. An applicant may withdraw an application and submit a replacement application during the opportunity period. The department will not process fees for applications withdrawn before the end of the opportunity period.

(4) The application must include the following information, unless the department specifies otherwise in the Opportunity Announcement.

(a) The name of the applicant.

(A) If the applicant is a partnership, joint venture or association, the application must include the names of each person participating in the partnership, joint venture or association. The department may use this information to ensure compliance with ORS 469B.256(3).

(B) If the applicant is a corporation or limited liability company, the application must include the name of the corporation or LLC and its parent corporations, members and any close affiliates or subsidiaries. The department may use this information to ensure compliance with ORS 469B.256(3).

(C) If the applicant is a public or government entity, the application must include written authorization from the entity’s governing body allowing submission of the application.

(b) The name, address, email address and telephone number of the responsible party for the applicant.

(c) A statement verifying that the applicant will be the owner, contract purchaser or lessee of the renewable energy production system at the time of installation or construction of the system.

(d) If the applicant has received final certification of tax credits or payment of grants issued by the department within the last five years, the application must contain a statement about the operational status of the systems awarded such grants or tax credits.

(e) A detailed description of the renewable energy production system that includes the following:

(A) The nameplate capacity of the system;

(B) The projected amount of net energy the system will generate, in kWh per year;

(C) The proposed location of the system and an assessment of the suitability of the site;

(D) The expected operational life of the system;

(E) Technical specifications including manufacturer’s information for the selected technology and all major system equipment; and

(F) A description of the operation of the system, including information that demonstrates the system will operate for at least five years.

(f) A resource assessment demonstrating adequate resource supply for the proposed system operations. The resource assessment must describe the type of resource available, explain how the applicant evaluated the resource and describe how the system will access the resource.

(g) A statement of compliance with applicable state and local regulations and that the applicant will notify the appropriate agencies and obtain required licenses and permits.

(h) The number and type of new jobs that will be created by the system and the number of existing jobs sustained throughout the construction, installation and operation of the system. Job estimates should be submitted in hours. These hours must directly relate to the system.

(i) The anticipated system cost.

(j) The amount of anticipated or received incentives directly related to the system.

(k) A description of the applicant’s installation or construction financing plan.

(l) Pro-forma financial statements for the proposed system, including the balance sheet at system commissioning and balance sheet, cash flow statement and income statement for three years. The application must include a clear and explicit statement of the assumptions used in preparing the pro-forma.

(m) A project management plan that contains the following required elements:

(A) A detailed project schedule with major milestones during development, construction and operation, including the target operational date of the system.

(B) A description of how the following will be managed:

(i) Installation and construction.

(ii) Verification of system construction and start-up. If the applicant has developed a commissioning plan, the application must describe the plan.

(iii) Operations and maintenance requirements.

(n) The amount of grant requested by the applicant.

(o) If the applicant has already started installation or construction of the system, a written description of the special circumstances that rendered the filing of an application prior to the start of installation or construction unreasonable.

(p) Other information the department considers necessary.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

330-200-0040

Fees

The department adopts the following schedule of fees as provided by ORS 469B.259 for applicants. All fee payments are non-refundable, despite the results of the department’s review.

(1) Applicants must submit a fee of $500 with their initial application.

(2) Applicants selected for technical review will be required to pay an additional technical review fee prior to that review. The fee amount is equal to the qualifying system cost multiplied by 1.05 percent.

(3) Applicants requesting amendments must submit a fee of $300 with their amendment request.

(4) If an applicant fails to pay fees timely as required by this rule, the department may reject the pending application and discontinue the review.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469.040, 469B.259 & 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12; DOE 3-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-2-13

330-200-0050

Completeness Review

(1) Following the opportunity period, the department will review all applications to determine whether:

(a) All sections of the application are complete as outlined in the Opportunity Announcement.

(b) The applicant has submitted the required fee.

(c) The system meets the definition of a renewable energy production system.

(d) The applicant intends to begin construction within 12 months of award.

(e) The applicant is applying prior to the installation or construction of the system.

(A) If the applicant applies after installation or construction of the system has started, the department will deny the application unless a written explanation of the special circumstances is received and approved by the director.

(B) Failing to submit a timely application or the fact that the project was not selected for a grant or tax credit under this or prior department programs does not constitute special circumstances.

(f) The system is located in Oregon.

(2) If the department finds that the application is complete, the application will move into the competitive review process and the department will notify the applicant in writing.

(3) The department will deny all incomplete applications and notify applicants in writing of the reason for denial of the application.

(4) The department considers the completeness review a test; the decision to deny an incomplete application is not an action subject to review under ORS 183.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

330-200-0060

Competitive Review

(1) The department will conduct a competitive review of all applications that pass completeness review.

(2) Through competitive review, the department’s internal review team will prioritize applications for grants according to the criteria described in the rules. Depending on the Opportunity Announcement objectives, the department may give greater or lesser weight to each of the criteria listed in rules.

(3) In the Opportunity Announcement the department will list the evaluation criteria for the competitive review. The criteria the department may consider includes:

(a) The internal rate of return of the system, calculated using the formula provided by the department.

(b) The number of new jobs created by the system and the number of existing jobs sustained throughout the construction, installation and operation of the system.

(c) The strength of the financial plan of the system.

(d) The amount of net energy generated.

(e) The use of the energy generated.

(f) Integration into broader energy and environmental goals.

(g) The geographic diversity of the renewable energy production systems compared with the other systems for which grants have been requested in the current opportunity announcement.

(h) The technology or resource diversity of the renewable energy production systems compared with the other systems for which grants have been requested in the current opportunity announcement.

(i) If the applicant has previously received any Renewable Energy Development Grants or Business Energy Tax Credits, the operational status of the system for which such grants or tax credits was awarded.

(j) The feasibility of the system.

(4) The department’s internal review team will recommend to the director which systems to advance to technical review based on the competitive review results. The director will review and then amend or approve the recommendations.

(5) The department will notify applicants of the competitive review outcome. The department may place systems not advanced to the technical review phase on a supplemental list, pending the technical reviews of the selected systems. The department will retain the supplemental list until performance agreements are signed for the selected systems. The supplemental list will include only those projects submitted in response to the particular Opportunity Announcement.

(6) If an applicant has not started installation or construction of the system, an applicant may apply again for the same system in a future opportunity period by submitting a new application and fee. The department will not credit fees or applications submitted in response to a previous Opportunity Announcement to future Opportunity Announcements.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

330-200-0070

Technical Review

(1) Once the applicant has paid the technical review fee, the department will conduct a technical review of systems advanced from the competitive review process. If the applicant does not submit the required payment to the department within 21 calendar days of notification of the advancement to technical review, the department may deny the application.

(2) The department will review the information provided in the application against industry standards to determine whether the system is technically feasible and should operate in accordance with the representations made by the applicant.

(3) To be eligible, the renewable energy production system must meet the following requirements:

(a) The system must meet the requirements of the statutes, these rules and the Opportunity Announcement.

(b) The applicant must be the owner, contract purchaser or system lessee at the time of the system’s installation or construction.

(c) The applicant must be a trade, business or rental property owner with a business site in Oregon or be an Oregon non-profit organization, tribe or public entity. The applicant may not restrict membership, sales or service on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference or gender.

(d) A system located at a residential property must be rental property. A rental property must comply with laws related to rental accommodation and contain a dwelling unit or rooming unit with permanent living facilities. Living facilities include facilities for sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation, for one or more persons, other than the property owner, which is subject to a rental agreement that provides for meaningful compensation to the owner.

(e) A system located on a site that includes a residence, that is not a rental dwelling, must be separately metered from the residence.

(f) Within the project schedule and detailed project description provided in the grant application, the applicant must demonstrate the ability to begin construction within 12 months from the date the department awards the grant.

(g) The applicant may not receive funding for the system from the Feed-In Tariff program under ORS 757.365.

(4) The department will review renewable energy production system costs for eligibility. The application must document cost by providing a list of itemized costs.

(a) Eligible system costs include:

(A) The cost of components of the proposed system.

(B) Materials and supplies required for the construction and installation of the proposed system.

(C) The cost of title searches, escrow fees, permits and license fees and shipping.

(D) Design or engineering expenses related to system components.

(E) Cost of work performed by employees or independent contractors of the applicant, based on the following conditions:

(i) Employees or contractors must be certified, accredited, licensed or otherwise qualified to complete the work;

(ii) The work must be associated with the acquisition, installation or construction of the proposed system;

(iii) Project management and similar costs may only account for up to15 percent of eligible system costs; and

(iv) Costs for employees’ or contractors’ work on the renewable energy system must be detailed and documented as to specific tasks, hours worked and compensation costs. This cost may include employee benefits and employment taxes.

(F) Environmental studies, including source testing.

(G) Other costs the department determines should be included.

(b) Eligible system costs do not include:

(A) Costs paid by a person other than the applicant.

(B) Interest and warranty charges.

(C) Litigation or other legal fees and court costs.

(D) Patent searches, application and filing payments.

(E) Costs to maintain, operate or repair the system.

(F) Administrative costs to apply for grants, loans, tax credits or other funding for a system including, but not limited to, the renewable energy development grant fees.

(G) Training or education expenses.

(H) Costs that are incurred to bring a host building up to building code standards or otherwise repair the building in order to install the system, including design or engineering expenses.

(I) Costs for a system or portion thereof, that has previously received a tax credit under ORS 469 or 469B.

(J) Donated, in-kind or volunteer labor and materials.

(K) Costs for a system, or portion thereof, if the project or system previously received a Business Energy Tax Credit or a Renewable Energy Development Grant.

(L) Other costs the department determines should be excluded.

(c) If a system is built under a lease or contract purchase, the applicant must provide system cost information. System cost may be demonstrated by providing a declaration of representative market value for the system that includes the anticipated cost of supply and installation. Such a declaration must include a list of primary system components and their costs.

(d) An applicant may incur qualifying costs prior to the submission of an application, but may not begin installation or construction.

(5) The department will determine whether the system is a single renewable energy production system or is part of a larger system in combination with other applications.

(a) The department considers a single renewable production system as one or more electrical energy production devices that are applied for in response to the same Opportunity Announcement, use the same renewable resource, are located at the same site and are owned or controlled by the same person.

(b) For the purposes of this subsection, “same person” includes affiliated or subsidiary corporations, other subsidiary business organizations or other affiliated entities owned or controlled by the same parent corporation but excludes equity-only financing partners.

(c) The department may reduce the potential grant award or deny the application if the department finds that the proposed system is part of another renewable energy production system that has applied for or received a renewable energy production grant.

(d) The department will not divide renewable energy production systems applied for in the same application.

(6) If an application does not include all information needed to complete the technical review, the department may notify the applicant in writing, requesting additional information. If the department does not receive the requested information within 30 calendar days of the date of the notice, the department may deny the application.

(7) During the review the department may inspect the proposed location of a system. The department will schedule inspections during normal working hours, following reasonable notice to the applicant.

(8) The department will notify the applicant in writing if the department denies the application during the technical review.

(9) If the technical review determines that information reviewed during the competitive review process was inaccurate, the department may deny the application.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

330-200-0080

Performance Agreement

(1) The department may offer a performance agreement to the applicant if it determines that the renewable energy production system is technically feasible and capable of operating in accordance with the representations made by the applicant. The offer will include a copy of the performance agreement and a deadline for acceptance.

(2) The performance agreement will be based on information provided by the applicant.

(3) The grant provided for in the performance agreement may not exceed 35 percent of the cost of the project and may not exceed $250,000 per system.

(4) The department will reduce the amount of grant awarded to an applicant if, when combined with other government incentives or grants available to the applicant, the total amount of incentives and grants exceeds 75 percent of the total system cost. The department will not include loans or loan guarantees in this calculation.

(5) The department may offer a grant that is less than the amount requested in the application, pursuant to statute and applicable rules.

(6) Applicants will have 30 calendar days from the date of the notice to accept the performance agreement. An applicant’s failure to accept the offer of a performance agreement by the deadline may cause rejection of the renewable energy development grant application.

(7) In place of applicants who do not enter into a performance agreement within 30 calendar days of the department’s offer, the department may select alternative applicants from the supplemental list, in order of their ranking. Selected applicants will have to complete a technical review.

(8) The performance agreement must include the following terms and may include additional terms.

(a) The maximum amount of the renewable energy development grant and the entity to which funds will be disbursed.

(b) A listing of the documentation that the grantee must provide to the department prior to the disbursement of grant funds including, but not limited to:

(A) An account of system costs.

(B) Proof that the owner or owners of the system location are current on their property taxes for that location, if appropriate.

(c) The amount by which the department may reduce the grant amount in response to changes in actual system cost.

(d) The maximum duration of the performance agreement.

(e) The requirement that the grantee install or construct the renewable energy production system substantially as described in the renewable energy development grant application.

(f) The requirement that installation or construction of the system begin within 12 months after the date that the performance agreement is signed by all parties. If construction does not begin within 12 months, the performance agreement and grant are void. The performance agreement must include details of the work that must be completed within 12 months to meet this standard.

(g) The requirement that the grantee be the owner, contract purchaser or lessee of the system at the time of installation or construction of the system.

(h) The requirement that the system be located in Oregon.

(i) The requirement that the grantee make periodic reports to the department on the status of the system during system development and during installation or construction of the system.

(j) The requirement that the applicant obtain all applicable licenses, permits or other authorizations that are required within the jurisdiction of the system and must comply with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

(k) The requirement that the grantee allow the department to inspect the system or its proposed location at any time during construction to verify compliance with the performance agreement. The department will schedule inspections during normal working hours, following reasonable notice to the applicant.

(l) The terms under which the performance agreement may be transferred, upon notification and agreement of the department.

(m) Reporting requirements during the first five-years of system operation, including information on jobs, quantity of energy produced annually and other information outlined in the performance agreement. .

(n) A provision allowing the performance agreement to be terminated for reasons stated in the agreement and subject to terms described in the agreement.

(o) A provision that if the director determines that the applicant has violated the provisions of the performance agreement or ORS 469B.250 to 469B.265, the applicant will be liable to the department for up to 100 percent of grant moneys disbursed to the applicant.

(9) The department may require a legal sufficiency review of a performance agreement by the Oregon Department of Justice prior to completion.

(10) The renewable energy development grant will be awarded upon signature of the performance agreement by all parties. The grant funds will be disbursed upon verification that the applicant has complied with the applicable terms of the performance agreement including completion and commissioning, if required, of the system.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

330-200-0090

Amendments

(1) The grantee must submit a written amendment request to the director to amend a performance agreement or change any aspect of the renewable energy production system.

(2) The grantee must describe the proposed change to the performance agreement or renewable energy production system and the reasons for the change.

(3) The grantee must demonstrate that the system, with the proposed change, will continue to meet the requirements of statute, rule and the Opportunity Announcement; be technically feasible, will operate as represented and will remain in operation for at least five years. The grantee has the responsibility to provide an amendment request with complete technical documentation supporting the proposed amendment. The department may deny amendments submitted without such justification.

(4) If an amendment request does not include all information needed to complete the review, the department may provide the grantee a written request for additional information. If the grantee does not provide the requested information to the department within 30 calendar days, the department may deny the request.

(5) Requests for amendments must include payment of the appropriate fee. The department may accept non-substantive changes, such as change of contact information, without payment of the fee.

(6) The department will evaluate amendments to determine if the change would have affected the outcome of competitive review, which may result in pro-rating the award amount, based on energy generated or project cost, or denial of the amendment request.

(7) Amendment requests will not be approved if the amendment would result in an increased award amount.

(8) The department will decide whether to approve the request.

(a) If approved, the department will draft an amended performance agreement, which may contain new or amended conditions and requirements. The amended performance agreement will become effective upon signature by all parties.

(b) If denied, the department will notify the grantee in writing. The notice will include the reasons for the denial of the amendment request. The amendment fee will not be applied to future amendments.

(c) The grantee may accept the denial of the amendment request and comply with the terms of the performance agreement or the grantee may terminate the performance agreement according to its terms and return any grant funds previously disbursed.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

330-200-0150

Compliance

All participants in this program are subject to OAR 330-230-0000 through 330-230-0060.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469B.250 - 469B.265
Hist.: DOE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-22-12 thru 8-17-12; DOE 10-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-12

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