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Community Conservation Challenge (CCC)

*The Community Conservation Challenge is currently closed and not taking applications at this time. The grant winners were announced in the press releases found on our Newsroom Page.*

2016 Grant Winners

Marion Utilities - $80,000

Marion Utilities will add Oil and Grease Receiving Stations which will increase the production of biogas and alleviate the need for supplementing the fuel ration with natural gas. This process will:

1. Boost methane production;

2. Ensure the CHP generator is fully sustainable on 100% methane;

3. Save oil and grease haulers time and money by providing and centrally located dump station and;

4. Move closer to becoming net zero regarding energy consumption at the wastewater treatment plant.

Marion Utilities will save 457,800 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy resulting in an estimated annual savings of $34,209.

City of Shelbyville Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) - $74,441

The WRRF project involves replacing their facility's High Pressure Sodium (HPS) bulbs with energy efficient Light-emitting Diode (LED) bulbs. Also included in the proposal is the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to be installed on the roof of one of the existing buildings at their facility. This system will offset approximately 1.3% of the utility consumption. Shelbyville WRRF intends to utilize additionally solar PV systems in the near future for additional energy offset.

WRRF will save 275,226 kWh of energy resulting in an estimated annual savings of $23,124.60.

Click here for a project update from WRRF.

Recent pictures of the work completed at WRRF (click the image to enlarge).


YMCA of Muncie - $19,495

YMCA of Muncie's project will include eliminating 1,079 electrical ballasts/ T-8 fluorescent tubes and replacing them with energy efficient non-ballasted LED tubes in all light fixtures at the Apple Tree YMCA. This will include educational components to educate the parents and families that YMCA serves on the importance of energy conservation and reducing their energy costs.

YMCA of Muncie will save 80,796 kWh of energy resulting in an estimated annual savings of $8,052.


Funding Goal & Summary

OED will offer approximately $250,000 for eligible Indiana entities involved in community energy conservation projects. CCC offers financial assistance to non-residential entities for projects that reduce an organization's energy consumption or displaces the use of traditional energy sources. By diversifying energy sources and reducing energy consumption, grantees may reduce their exposure to fueling price shocks and improve their access to affordable, reliable energy. CCC provides grant funding from $20,000 to $80,000 for the improvement of highly leveraged, unique, and visible community energy conservation projects.  

Eligible grantees include local units of government, school corporations, businesses, universities, and nonprofit agencies in Indiana. Successful applicants utilize one or more of the following eligible technologies:
  • Ground-source heat pumps (geothermal) or Air-source heat pumps
  • Combined heat and power
  • Biomass
  • Energy efficiency
  • Solar (PV and solar thermal)
  • Wind energy
To learn more about specific eligible technologies click on the category below for information.
Grant Guidelines: Please review the guidelines here.


*The Community Conservation Challenge is currently closed and not taking applications at this time. The grant winners were announced in the press releases found on our Newsroom Page.*
The following items must be put into one zip file and sent to grants@oed.in.gov:

1. Application Form
2. Project Narrative
4. Equipment Quotes
5. Project Calculations
6. Energy Conservation Strategy
NEPA Questionnaire - if applicable. Most projects are unlikely to need a NEPA review.  This document explains which projects are exempt from NEPA review.
SHPO Section 106 Assurance - if this is not complete before November 9th, submit proof that you've begun the process.
9. Certifications and Assurance Signature Page


Frequently asked questions

  1. Can I change expand the text box size on the Application Form?  - Please don't change the text box size. The application form is meant to be short and concise.
  2. Is there a page limit for the Project Narrative? - No, but we recommend you do not go over 20 pages. You are welcome to make the narrative as short as you like, as long as you feel you have adequately portrayed your project idea.
  3. Do I need to do a NEPA review? - Only if your project is too large for the NEPA exemptions, which are listed here. For example, if your solar PV array will be 60 kW or less, you do not need to fill out the NEPA form.
  4. What if I have not received SHPO approval before the application due date? - Submit a copy of your SHPO documents to us so that we can see that you have begun the process with DNR.
  5. Does a discount from a retailer count as a partnership? - No, that would count as a business transaction.