Rhode Island Housing (RIHousing) and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Zero Energy for the Ocean State (ZEOS) Demonstration Project. The pilot program offers a grant of up to $250,000 to design and construct affordable, energy efficient housing to serve low- and moderate-income Rhode Islanders.

This new program is the result of a public-private partnership between RIHousing, OER and National Grid to stimulate innovative, replicable solutions to utilize cost saving clean energy technologies in homes. Program partners are seeking proposals from qualified teams to design and construct affordable, energy efficient Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs).

The ZEOS project is in response to the recommendations included in the Rhode Island Zero Energy Task Force’s Zero Energy Building Pathway to 2035 white paper. The white paper established a goal to create ZEB demonstration projects across building sectors.

The proposal deadline is Wednesday, August 14 at 5 pm EDT. The total award will not exceed $250,000. The units may be new construction and/or renovation projects in single or multi-family homes. Buildings must meet ZEB standards and participate in National Grid’s Residential New Construction Program.

While individual homeowners are not eligible to receive direct funding under this grant, individual organizations or teams composed of a lead organization and partner organizations are welcome to apply. Complete details on the program and RFP can be found online at: www.rihousing.com and www.energy.ri.gov .