Modern Wood Heat Funds Available


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Posted on 11/22/2016 by VLCT Communications


Five $12,600 grants will be available for advanced wood pellet heating systems installed in public buildings and public-serving institutions. The funds are provided by a grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). Awardees may also receive incentives provided by the state’s Small-Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program (SSREIP) and Efficiency Vermont. Local governments, Indian tribes, or public or nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations that serve the public and promote economic development are eligible. Projects must be located in Grand Isle, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, Caledonia, and Essex counties. Public-serving institutions that meet NBRC criteria include municipal buildings and public schools (preschool, K-12, and colleges/universities), hospitals, health centers, affordable and/or senior housing, homeless shelters, and senior or teen centers, among others. Applicants who are unsure of eligibility should contact Rhonda Shippee ( for clarification.


Applicants must agree to all SSREIP requirements. Additional federal requirements may also apply.


Funds are available only for new, high-efficiency wood boilers or furnaces utilized as primary central heating systems. Each system must include:

  • Fuel storage capacity such that the system may continuously operate for a period of at least 21 days under peak load conditions;
  • Automated fuel feed from a bulk storage container/area to the burn chamber in an integrated path;
  • Automated on/off fuel feed control based on a demand for heat; and
  • Bulk fuel storage container systems must be able to receive automated bulk delivery of pellets or chips.

Applications are currentlhy being accepted and grants will be awarded to the first five eligible entities meeting all requirements set forth in this NOFA and the SSREIP guidelines and receiving final approval from the NBRC. Applicants beyond the first five will be placed into a queue. Projects that have already started construction are not eligible. Projects awarded a grant must be initiated within six months of the grant award date.


Applicants must complete and submit the SSREIP Incentive Reservation Form available at Once the SSREIP application has been submitted and a reservation number obtained, the applicant must submit a brief supplemental NBRC Grant Application form available from Rhonda Shippee,, or at