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DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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Grants and Financial Assistance


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Wood Energy Grant

The intent of the Wood Energy Grant is to support the installation of wood energy systems in Montana. Funding under this grant is available for the design, purchase, and installation of wood energy systems that generate heat, power, or combined heat and power for on-site use. Eligible applicants are for-profit businesses located and registered in Montana, non-profits, state, local, and tribal governments, school districts, universities and colleges, and communities. A total of $50,000 will be awarded to one or more proposals.

Applications are due to Angela Wells at awells@mt.gov no later than 5pm on June 19, 2017.

Biomass Energy Pre-Feasibility Assessment (PFA) Grants

Eligible Applicants: public schools and institutions, non-profit and tribal facilities, and private businesses
Eligible Activities: hire firm to conduct pre-feasibility assessment for a wood biomass energy system
Award Available: $3,500
Submission Deadline: Open application period

Grant Application

The Montana DNRC pre-screens PFA applications to determine the potential likelihood of economic viability of a woody biomass installation and whether it warrants further assessment by a professional firm. Factors included in the pre-screening include:

  • Facility  has high heat and/or hot water demand
  • Facility has relatively high heating costs
  • The estimated cost/btu of wood fuel is less than the current cost of fossil fuel/btu
  • Facility has an existing centralized system (steam/hydroponic) heat distribution system
  • The current boiler is old and due for replacement
  • Facility is in proximity to a wood fuel source at a reasonable delivered cost
  • There is space on site for a biomass boiler, fuel storage, and access for delivery trucks
  • Installation is proposed for new facility construction.

In some cases, stand-alone facilities may not meet the pre-screening criteria. However, if additional facilities nearby are included, economies of scale can tip the balance toward feasibility. The Montana Wood Energy Heat Map (currently under development) will provide this information for potential applicants considering co-locating facilities. Check back in 2017 for this new tool!

Additional Resources

DSIRE

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency provides an updated online listing of current programs that are available for a variety of renewable energy projects. These include grant and loan programs, tax incentives and credits, and industry recruitment and support.

In Montana

Federal Financing Opportunities - coming soon!

Contact program staff or your local economic development office about additional financing options.  

Contact

The Forest Products and Biomass Coordinator position is currently vacant. For questions pertaining to the available biomass grant programs contact Angela Wells, (406) 542-4221.