Solar Power Grants
Solar Power Grants are gifts of money that do not have to be paid back; however, they are often only given to worthwhile projects. That being said, they tend to favor funding projects for small businesses, educational and government organizations.
The funding often comes from non-profit organizations or local and state governments. Occasionally you will find a utility company that will sponsor a project as well. Realize though that solar grants often don’t cover the entire cost of a project. They mainly serve as a means of supplemental funds for only a portion of the project.
On the flip side all the work you do to get a grant pays off…literally, since you don’t have to pay the money you received back to the organization. A heads up though. Unless you are familiar with writing grant proposals you might want to seek help when putting this together. A poorly written grant proposal is about as good as having not submitted one in the first place.
As stated on the previous page your best resource for finding the most updated information on solar grants will be at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE).
The wonderful people at the North Carolina State University Solar Center have been kind enough to build a large database of the most up-to-date information on all the grants available to you.
Below is a sample grant from the DSIRE website.