JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority) – The Mississippi Development Authority is accepting grant applications for the 2021 Mississippi Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, which is made possible through approximately $400,000 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.
“Energy-efficient upgrades to manufacturing facilities result in tremendous cost savings, and funding through the MIEEP can help Mississippi’s companies achieve reduced energy usage that will provide a great return on investment for years to come,” said MDA Interim Executive Director Laura Hipp.
To date, projects implemented through MIEEP have resulted in improved working conditions for approximately 2,500 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 Nov. 22. 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/
About Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training, and tourism promotion. For more information, visit MDA’s website at mississippi.org.