Funding & Incentives


Note: In order to apply for Energy Office grants, you will need to have a DUNS number and a SAM number, required for entities receiving federal funds. For information on how to create a user account in SAM (System for Award Management) please click here. For information on how to obtain a DUNS number, click here

Palmetto Energy Efficient Retrofits (PEER)

Palmetto Energy Efficient Retrofits (PEER) is a new program, funded through a grant from the US Department of Energy, which allows state agencies, public K-12 schools and public colleges and universities to request assistance determining their energy efficiency needs and exploring funding options. Participants will work with the Energy Office to determine what assistance is needed to reduce energy consumption, with options ranging from a level-one energy assessment of their building(s) to help evaluating project funding options and preparing the necessary documents for a ConserFund loan or a performance contract. If your agency/school might be interested in participating, please click here and fill out our interest form. 


The Energy Office typically announces the availability of $5000 mini-grants in August.
Eligible applicants include state agencies, local governments, public colleges/universities/technical colleges, K-12 public schools, 501(3)(c) non-profit organizations. The maximum award value is $5,000. Cost sharing is not required but leveraging of funds is encouraged in order to maximize the energy-related benefits of a project. Applications will be due by close of business on September 19, 2015 and projects must be completed by May 18, 2016.
Click here to download the Solicitation document.
Click here to download the Application document.

South Carolina Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Grants

Diesel emissions make up a significant portion of the mobile source air pollution in South Carolina.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers four components of the DERA grants through its National Clean Diesel Campaign:

  • The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program awards competitive grants to fund projects that implement EPA or CARB verified and certified diesel emission reduction technologies.
  • The National Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program awards competitive grants for projects that spur innovation in reducing diesel emissions through the use, development and commercialization of emerging technologies. Up to 10 percent of the national funds may be spent on emerging technologies.
  • SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program issues competitive grants to establish national low-cost revolving loans or other innovative financing programs that help fleets reduce diesel emissions.
  • State Clean Diesel Grant Program funded through DERA has provided an opportunity to help reduce diesel emissions. The federal funding for the State Clean Diesel Grant Program funds projects that provide cost-effective diesel emission reduction strategies. This funding is intended for county, city, or other local government entities, private organizations, businesses, and universities. Grants are awarded to eligible applicants for implementation of diesel emission reduction projects across the state to achieve public health and air quality goals. Currently all 50 States and the District of Columbia are participating.

Please visit the Southeast Diesel Collaborative's website for more information on these grant opportunities and clean diesel strategies. This group is a partnership between leaders from federal, state and local government, the private sector and other stakeholders in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

For more information, contact Brian Barnes at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control by phone at (803) 898-7099 

USDA Rural Energy for America Program

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in rural America to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits and renewable energy development assistance.

The REAP program is comprised of the following components:

The Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies. Read more

The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program provides grant assistance to entities that will assist agriculture producers and small rural businesses by conducting energy audits and providing information on renewable energy development assistance. Read more

For more information about the REAP program in South Carolina contact:
Shannon Legree, USDA Rural Development
Strom Thurmond Federal Building
1835 Assembly Street, Room 1007
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 253-3150

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