Grant Writing and Workshops

Total Grant Dollars Awarded To Our Customers

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When it comes to grant writing, ARiES Solar offers expertise, a proven track record, and value. ARIES Energy is a leader in the state of Tennessee in securing energy grant awards for our clients, ranging from local to federal grants. Our track record has produced results that have led to multiple megawatts of clean energy installations and over $7 million in grant awards. Among other accolades, the ARiES team has been responsible for obtaining the largest USDA REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) award in Tennessee.

With our proficiency and experience, your business has the best opportunity to receive a grant award when moving forward with your clean energy or energy efficiency investment. ARiES will happily provide references on request from prestigious clients such as McFarland Pharmacy, Wampler’s Farm Sausage, and Alstom Power, Inc.

Grants We Participate In:

  • USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant
    Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.
    The current deadlines for USDA REAP grants are:

    • Grants of $20,000 or less: October 31, 2016 or March 31, 2017
    • Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): March 31, 2017
  • Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) program from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

    The State of Tennessee in November 2016 announced a 6th round of grant funding for its Clean Tennessee Energy Grants.

    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 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


    • February 28, 2017: Pre-Proposal submission deadline
    • March 24, 2017: Full proposals (by invitation only) contacted for additional items
    • April 21, 2017: Full proposal supplemental information submission deadline
    • Fall of 2017: Announcement of Recipients


Our full-service grant application process includes (but is not limited to) the following items:

  • Defined scope of work and energy needs
  • Site evaluation
  • Return on investment analysis
  • Energy performance and projections
  • Local authority and utility requirement
  • Project budget and budget justification
  • System design and specification
  • Project scheduling
  • Well-written grant proposal to secure maximum scoring potential

All time and money spent on these items is useful in developing the scope of our customers’ energy projects to ensure good business decisions regardless of the grant award. Each organization is different; we make sure that we combine available incentives and the motivation and goals of our clients to achieve the greatest return on investment.