The U.S. DOE is offering nearly $50 million in funds from the ARRA (American Reinvestment and Recovery Act) to advance the commercial deployment of geothermal heat pumps (GHP) in three areas:
Innovative Technology Demonstrations – cost-shared technology demonstration projects that provide a minimum of 50 tons of heating and cooling capacity that can be deployed in various geological conditions and climate zones and in either residential communities or commercial buildings;
Life Cycle Cost Tools – projects that will assist in determining project feasibility by gathering and analyzing data related to system costs, performance, and installation techniques to decrease life-cycle cost applications for GHPs.
National Certification and Accreditation – a program for the geothermal industry designed to increase consumer confidence in the technology. (Source: U.S. DOE, June 2, 2009) Contact: U.S. DOE Funding Opportunities