The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) is accepting applications to the Food Production Investment Program.
The goals of the program are to accelerate the adoption of advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at California food processing plants, demonstrate their reliability and effectiveness, help California food processors work towards a low carbon future, and benefit priority populations. The technologies to be funded by this Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO) will help reduce energy costs, maintain product quantity and quality, and reduce GHG emissions associated with food production.
The FPIP is open to all California food processors. All projects funded under FPIP must reduce GHG emissions and further the purposes of AB 32 and SB 32 and must be located at a food processing plant in California.
The FPIP will assist California food producers to achieve the following in their facilities:
- Modernization: Support adoption of commercially available, energy efficient equipment upgrades that are “drop-in ready” replacements or additions to existing equipment or processes that provide greater GHG emission reductions than current best practices or industry standard equipment.
- Driving the Future: Support adoption and demonstration of emerging technologies needed to achieve major GHG emission reductions necessary to accelerate the food processing industry into a low carbon future.
Tier I: Focuses on commercially available, energy efficient equipment upgrades that are drop in replacements or additions to existing equipment or processes that provide greater GHG emission reductions than current best practices or industry standard equipment.
Eligible costs covered by the grant: Equipment, and Measurement and Verification (M&V) of project performance. M&V costs will be reimbursed by the grant only when outside parties are used. Use of in-house staff are not reimbursable.
Match Funding Requirement
Under Tier I, eligible costs for grant funding are limited to the cost of equipment that will result in reductions of GHG emissions and any M&V required for validation of GHG emissions reduction. Tier I projects can receive grants up to 65 percent of the eligible costs and require a 35 percent match of eligible costs from the applicant or other sources as described in the guidelines.
- “Match funds” do not include: Energy Commission awards, future/contingent awards, or, the cost or value of all non-eligible project costs such as labor, permitting, overhead, etc.
- If the applicant is leveraging or pursuing funding from multiple sources of the GGRF, the applicant must describe all existing or potential GGRF sources in their application materials
- Match funds must be spent only during the agreement term, either before or concurrently with Energy Commission funds. Match funds also must be reported in invoices submitted to the Energy Commission.
- All applicants providing match funds must submit commitment letters that: (1) identify the source(s) of the funds; (2) justify the dollar value claimed; (3) provide an unqualified (i.e., without reservation or limitation) commitment that guarantees the availability of the funds for the project; and (4) provide a strategy for replacing the funds if they are significantly reduced or lost. Please see Attachment 7, Commitment and Support Letter Form. Commitment and support letters must be submitted with the application or by the due date listed in the schedule to be considered.