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Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program

Contact Information

William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Kathy Glapa

Grant Program Documents

2014 Recipients
State Facility applications accepted year round.


In 2011, Tennessee and other states were parties to a federal court settlement of an enforcement action under the federal Clean Air Act that resulted in a consent decree with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). A part of the Consent Decree obligates TVA to provide Tennessee $26.4 million to fund environmental mitigation projects. The funds are to be paid over 5 years or longer, with the first-year payment not to exceed $5.28 million. The Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is designated by the Governor as the lead state agency to develop and manage a process for selection and implementation of the environmental mitigation projects for Tennessee.


The purpose of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program is to select and fund projects that best result in a reduction of emissions and pollutants identified below. The Clean Tennessee Energy Program provides financial assistance to municipal government, county government, utility districts, and other entities created by statute (e.g. airport authority) in Tennessee to purchase, install, and construct energy projects that fit into one of the following eligible project categories:

  • Cleaner Alternative Energy: biomass, geothermal, solar, wind
  • Energy Conservation: Lighting, HVAC improvements, improved fuel efficiency, insulation, idling minimization
  • Air Quality Improvement, including Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), Greenhouse Gases

Grant Timeline

The anticipated timeline for this grant round is as follows:

November 3, 2014: Request for Pre-Proposals Released
January 30, 2015: Pre-Proposal submission deadline
February 13, 2015: Full proposals (by invitation only) contacted for additional items
February 27, 2015: Full proposal supplemental information submission deadline
Summer of 2015: Announcement of Round 4 FY 2014-2015