The Mississippi Development Authority is accepting grant applications for the 2023 Mississippi Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, which is made possible through approximately $500,000 in State Energy Program funds from the U.S. Department of Energy.
MIEEP assists industrial manufacturers with making energy-efficiency upgrades to their facilities, which reduces energy consumption and operating costs. Eligible energy retrofits include lighting, water heating and energy systems control, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects, among others. Grant awards are offered up to 50 percent of total project costs, with the award not to exceed $50,000. The minimum grant award is $15,000.
“Supporting energy-savings systems helps Mississippi companies and communities unlock the potential for tremendous cost savings. MIEEP is a prime opportunity for companies to reduce energy usage and spur a more prosperous Mississippi,” said MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp.
To date, projects implemented through MIEEP have resulted in improved working conditions for approximately 3,000 employees across a wide variety of manufacturers in Mississippi, ranging from catfish processing to HVAC component production. Those projects include lighting upgrades, compressed air system replacements and building envelope improvements that cover over 2.95 million square feet of manufacturing space.
Eligible applicants are for-profit businesses with operations in Mississippi that are engaged in industrial or manufacturing processes, such as those included in North American Industry Classification System codes 31, 32 or 33.
The deadline to apply for MIEEP funding is Friday, July 14, 2023, at 5 p.m. An energy audit analysis must be submitted with MIEEP grant applications. MDA is providing assistance to help offset the costs of the energy audit. To view the Funding Opportunity Announcement and grant application, go to https://mississippi.org/community-resources/office-energy/. For more information, please contact MDA’s Energy & Natural Resources Division at (601) 359-9402 or email@example.com.