Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Energy Programs

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Office of Energy
The Holland Building
600 S. Calhoun St., Ste. B04
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Florida is increasing energy efficiency, expanding renewable energy production and limiting energy impacts on the environment through our wide range of programs. Our programs are designed to stimulate capital investment in the state and promote and enhance the statewide utilization of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

Open Programs

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Office of Energy is currently accepting applications under the following programs. Learn more about these programs and how to apply.

Farm Renewable and Efficiency Demonstration

The Farm Renewable and Efficiency Demonstration (FRED) Program provides free energy evaluations valued up to $4,500 to Florida farmers. FRED also provides Florida farmers grant reimbursement for 80 percent of the cost to implement the recommendations from the free energy evaluation up to $25,000. Examples of eligible projects for reimbursement include energy-efficient lighting and water pumps, and small-scale renewable energy generation such as solar or biomass. Funding for the grant portion of the program will be made available to participants upon completion of the evaluation. Applications for participation are reviewed and approved based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Florida Small Community Energy Efficient Lighting Grant Program

The Florida Small Community Energy Efficient Lighting Grant Program is designed to assist eligible small local government entities in reducing their total energy use and energy costs through the replacement of inefficient lighting with energy efficient lighting.

REET Grant Matching Program

The REET Grant Program is a competitive grant program designed to provide funding for projects to conduct demonstration, commercialization, research and development projects relating to renewable energy technologies and innovative technologies that significantly increase energy efficiency for vehicles and commercial buildings.

Performing Programs

The following programs are currently working to achieve their goals. Please note the application window has closed for these programs.

Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP)

The FDACS OOE was awarded $15.2 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation to increase the availability of infrastructure capable of dispensing higher blends of biofuels.  The FDACS OOE applied to the BIP program on behalf of Protec Fuel Management LLC. Protec for the installation of 605 biofuel “blender pumps” that are capable of disbursing biofuel blends in a range of 15 percent to 85 percent (E15 to E85). Since retrofits under this program began in May 2016, 201 blender pumps and four dedicated E85 pumps have been installed at a total of 43 fuel station locations in Florida. 

Farm to Fuel

The Farm to Fuel initiative began in 2006. Under Section 570.954, Florida Statutes, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) worked to enhance the market for biomass created from Florida-grown crops, promote production and distribution, and enhance the value of these agricultural products within the state. FDACS awarded 14 grants, totaling $25 million. The grants were for research and development of various feedstock for the production of biofuel and for the construction of biodiesel and ethanol plants throughout the state.

Florida Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

The Florida Renewable Energy Tax Incentives consisted of three tax incentive programs that represented a total of $89 million in potential tax credits or sales tax refunds over the life of the program. The intended goals of the program are to increase renewable energy production within the state and to create new jobs for Floridians.

Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate

Funding under Fiscal Year 2016-2017 is exhausted. Eligible businesses, local governments, universities and school boards can receive up to $25,000 per vehicle for purchasing, leasing or converting fleet vehicles to natural gas.

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds

State, local and tribal governments can use their allocation for low-interest federal bonds for qualified energy projects. Examples of qualified projects include renewable energy installations, green communities, research and development efforts, energy efficiency improvements to public buildings, efficiency/energy reduction measures for mass transit, and energy efficiency education campaigns.

Completed Programs

The Office of Energy has successfully completed all work associated with the following programs.

Energy Assurance Grant Program

Using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, the FDACS Office of Energy worked with several state agencies to review and strengthen Florida's Energy Assurance Plan by incorporating recent and planned smart grid improvements and renewable energy facilities. This program will replace Florida's current electric outage reporting system with an automated system and combine that with an electric outage mapping system.

Energy Education Kits

This program provided K-12 public schools with energy education kits designed to develop teamwork and problem-solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. The Energy Curricula and Learning kits are designed to complement the Solar Matters (Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8) and Understanding Solar Energy (9-12) activity units developed by the Florida Solar Energy Center. Each kit targeted a specific grade range and includes enough materials for students to work in lab groups. Kits contained a variety of materials such as pre-wired encapsulated mini-photovoltaic panels, motors, propellers, milliamp meters, multi-testers, color filters, magnifying glasses, protractors, thermometers, UV detecting beads, videos, energy ball and various printed resources. Junior Solar Spring Car kits were also available with each energy education kit. A total of 244 Energy Curricula and Learning kits were provided to schools which will reach and estimated 79,600 students.

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Florida leveraged funds available through the EECBG Program to address energy efficiency and conservation priorities at both the state and local level. Specifically, Florida allocated more than 60 percent of the EECBG funds to eligible counties and municipalities through a competitive grant process. The remaining EECBG funds were disbursed through a variety of programs and initiatives that aligned with EECBG goals.

Programs under EECBG included:

  • Competitive Grants to Local Governments,
  • Sunshine State Buildings Initiative,
  • Energy Code Compliance and Effectiveness Measurement,
  • Energy Code Training and Education,
  • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conversion Rebate Program and
  • Local Government Energy Efficient Lighting Grant Program.

Energy Efficient Retrofits for Public Facilities Grant Program

The Energy Efficient Retrofits for Public Facilities Grant Program was created using funds from the State Energy Program. Under this program, 18 eligible Florida local governments and nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $952,212 to make energy-efficient retrofits in publicly accessible, community-oriented buildings. Examples of projects that were supported as a result of this program include replacement of indoor lighting and light fixtures, insulation upgrades, replacement of HVAC units and ducts, installation of energy management systems, and replacement of security lighting on the building exterior. Libraries and community centers are among the most common types of buildings being retrofitted under this program. Retrofits funded by this program were required to be completed by July 31, 2015.

Multifamily Retrofit Demonstration Projects

As a result of the recommendations made in the Florida Multifamily Efficiency Opportunities Study [ Adobe PDF Document 2.55 MB ], the FDACS Office of Energy entered into grant agreements using State Energy Program funding with two Florida housing authorities to examine the energy efficiency and energy savings of making targeting retrofits to selected properties. Retrofits funded by this program were completed prior to July 31, 2015.

The Pinellas County Housing Authority performed shallow energy retrofits on its 236-unit Crystal Lakes Manor property built in 1999. Crystal Lakes Manor is an affordable multifamily property for senior citizens and disabled individuals 55 years of age or older. Pinellas County Housing Authority conducted energy audits on each unit and, based on need, added additional ceiling insulation up to R-38, repaired air-conditioning ducts, and installed high-efficiency lighting, water heaters and air-conditioning systems.

The West Palm Beach Housing Authority performed shallow energy retrofits on its 84-unit Robinson Village property built in 1989. Robinson Village is a low-income and disabled family housing development. It has its original lighting, water heating and air conditioning equipment which is over 25 years old. This development houses 144 school-aged children. West Palm Beach Housing Authority conducted energy audits on each unit and, based on need, added additional ceiling insulation up to R-38, repaired air-conditioning ducts, and installed high-efficiency lighting, water heaters and air-conditioning systems.

As part of the program requirements, both projects collected energy usage data for a period of one year before and one year after the retrofits. The Multifamily Retrofit Demonstration Projects Data Analysis Report [ Adobe PDF Document 1.70 MB ] is an analysis of the energy savings achieved under the Multifamily Retrofit Demonstration Projects. This report provides an analysis of the energy savings achieved under two Multifamily Retrofit Demonstration Projects. The first project achieved an average decrease in daily energy usage of 13.34 percent and the second project 30.4 percent.

Farm Energy and Water Efficiency Realization

The Farm Energy and Water Efficiency Realization Program was a pilot program in Suwannee County that provided on-site energy and water audits to farms. The pilot program provided a 75 percent cost share, up to $25,000, to area agriculture producers who participated in the audit and choose to implement some of the recommendations.

Renewable Energy Technologies Grants Program

The Renewable Energy Technologies Grants Program was established in 2006 by the Florida Renewable Energy Technologies & Energy Efficiency Act to provide renewable energy matching grants for demonstration, commercialization, research and development projects relating to renewable energy technologies. Grant funds were available to Florida municipalities and county governments, established for-profit companies licensed to do business in Florida, universities and colleges in Florida, utilities located and operating within Florida, nonprofit organizations and state of Florida agencies. Eligible proposals were evaluated based on a number of different criteria, including cost share percentage, economic development potential, energy efficiency and how the project fosters public awareness of renewable energy technologies.

Research and Development Bioenergy Grant Program

The Research and Development (R&D) Bioenergy Grant Program provided bioenergy grants for research, development and commercialization relating to bioenergy technologies and innovative technologies that significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption for transportation and/or electric generation.

State Energy Program (SEP) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Florida created a broad portfolio of energy-related programs with SEP ARRA funds that align with national and Florida-specific goals. These programs were designed to increase jobs, reduce U.S. oil dependency through increases in energy efficiency and deployment of renewable energy technologies, promote economic vitality through an increase in “green jobs,” and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Programs under SEP ARRA included:

  • Solar for Schools & Shelters,
  • Solar Energy Rebate Program,
  • E-85/B20 Public/Private Fueling Grant Program,
  • Florida ENERGY STAR Residential HVAC Rebate Program,
  • Shovel Ready Energy Project Grants,
  • Florida Clean Energy Grants,
  • Florida Renewable Energy, Efficiency and Conservation Grants (FREEC),
  • Florida Energy Opportunity Fund — Clean Energy Investment Program and
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fleet Fueling Facilities — Matching Grants.