(a)Maximum grant amount. The maximum amount of grant funds that will be made available for an eligible feasibility study project under this subpart to any one recipient will not exceed $50,000 or 25 percent of the total eligible project cost of the study, whichever is less. Eligible project costs are specified in paragraph (b) of this section.
(b)Eligible project costs. Only post-application costs will be considered eligible. Eligible project costs for renewable energy system feasibility studies shall be specific to the completion of the feasibility study (refer to Appendix E of this subpart for information on the content of a feasibility study) including, but not limited to, the items listed in paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(3) of this section.
(1) Resource assessment;
(2) Transmission study; and
(3) Environmental study.
(c)Ineligible project costs. Ineligible project costs for renewable energy system feasibility studies include, but are not limited to:
(1) Costs associated with selection of engineering, architectural, or environmental services;
(2) Designing, bidding, or contract development for the proposed facility;
(3) Permitting and other licensing costs required to construct the facility; and
(4) Any goods or services provided by a person or entity who has a conflict of interest as provided in § 4280.106.
(d)Time limit. The grantee will have 2 years from the date of the grant agreement to provide the Agency with a complete and acceptable feasibility study and to request disbursement of the funds. If the grantee does not submit to the Agency a complete and acceptable feasibility study within this 2 year period, the grant is subject to termination by and reimbursement to the Agency according to Departmental regulations.
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