Geothermal Grant and Loan Program
The Geothermal Grant and Loan Program is commonly known as the GRDA Program, after its funding source. Thirty percent of the State's Geothermal Resources Development Account (GRDA) funds are available to the program to promote the development of new or existing geothermal resources and technologies. The GRDA funds come from royalty and lease payments made to the United States government by geothermal developers operating on federal land in California. The California Legislature established the Energy Commission's Geothermal Grant and Loan Program in 1980 under Public Resources Code sections 3822 - 3823.
The Energy Commission makes GRDA Program awards through competitive solicitations called Program Opportunity Notices. A wide variety of geothermal-related projects are eligible for funding, including geothermal research; resource development, demonstration, or commercialization; planning; environmental enhancement; and impact mitigation projects. Both private entities and local jurisdictions can qualify for assistance.
To receive notice of the next GRDA Program project solicitation, please subscribe to the Geothermal email ListServ, using the box on the right.
For more information on the prior projects funded by the GRDA Program, please see the List of 1981 - 1999 Geothermal Projects and Reports