Nationally, $300 million will be available for an ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program.  The grant money will be allocated to the states that choose to participate based on a set formula. 

On July 14, 2009, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued the Funding Opportunity Announcement which stipulates that the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO) is eligible for $2.74 million for an Arkansas ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program.  The AEO submitted an application to participate in this program to DOE by the August 15, 2009 deadline.  Then, the AEO submitted a comprehensive proposal to DOE on October 15, 2009 outlining the state’s plan for implementing the ENERGY STAR® appliance rebates.

Arkansas expects to receive $2.74 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) for ENERGY STAR® appliance rebates to residential customers.  The replacement of older appliances with more energy efficient models save families money while stimulating the economy and creating jobs.  Appliance rebates will offset the price premium of ENERGY STAR® products.  If approved by DOE, Arkansas residents could receive between $50 to $200 for replacing refrigerators, clothes washers and hot water heaters with energy efficient ENERGY STAR® rated appliances.  Under the state’s plan, more than 18,000 appliances could be rebated.  DOE expects to award funds for this program by November 30, 2009.  All funds must be expended by February 2012.

Check back here in the future for more information about this program.