The Indiana Outdoor Wood Boiler Replacement Program 

 

The Indiana Outdoor Wood Boiler Replacement Program (IN OWB Replacement Program) developed by the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) in partnership with the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC), the U.S. EPA, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and many community groups, is the first OWB replacement program to offer 100% renewable, zero emission replacement options. Previous programs were voucher based and provided like-for-like replacements, meaning they incentivized the replacement of older, less efficient OWBs with newer and more efficient models.

The IN OWB Replacement Program was not only the first program to offer funding to replace OWBs with zero emission geothermal and combination geothermal/solar systems, but it also covered up to 100% of the eligible replacement costs. One of the largest barriers to the adoption of renewable, zero emission technologies is the initial equipment and installation costs. As a result, many of the homeowners who applied for funding through the IN OWB Replacement Program would not have been able to afford replacing their OWBs with a geothermal or combination geothermal/solar system without a complete or high percentage of funding to cover the eligible costs.

The IN OWB Replacement Program was designed to provide up to 100% of the eligible costs as long as funding was available. At the end of the funding cycle, the IN OWB Replacement Program was able to fully, mostly or partially fund a total of 15 replacement projects.

For more information, check out the program's case study here: