DOE and Treasury Dept. announce guidelines for ARRA money
The Departments of Energy and Treasury announced the guidelines for renewable energy stimulus money.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy and the U.S. Dept. of Treasury announced last week the guidelines and terms of conditions for renewable energy project developers to apply for the billions of dollars set aside in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) .
According to GreenBiz.com , the federal stimulus package allows developers to earn a tax grant to grow and expand their renewable energy ideas, eliminating between 10% and 30% of the costs depending on the technology type. All projects must begin construction by the end of 2010 and must be in service by 2017 to earn the grant and certain technology grants require specific size thresholds, while others, including solar power, can be of any size. (See chart below)
The Energy and Treasury departments hope to issue the ARRA grants within 60 days of receiving the completed applications, but that could be adjusted depending on the number of applications received.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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