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EnviroWatts

The EnviroWatts program allows Tipmont members to support environmental projects in our community. When you sign up for EnviroWatts, you elect to pay a small premium of one cent per kilowatt-hour on your electric bill. The maximum contribution is $5 per month per account.

The extra penny per kilowatt-hour goes into the EnviroWatts Trust Fund, overseen by a board of volunteer Tipmont members. Non-profit organizations in the Tipmont service area can apply to receive grants from the fund to be used for environmental projects. The EnviroWatts Trust Board meets once a quarter to review applications and award grants.

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Why We Participate In EnviroWatts

Tipmont and our power supplier, Wabash Valley Power (WVPA), are participating in the EnviroWatts program because we think it’s the right thing to do for the environment and our members. WVPA also anticipates that there may be mandates or regulations in the future concerning how much of the power they provide must come from renewable sources. WVPA’s efforts in developing renewable power sources will help them meet these mandates in the future.

As Tipmont members and others demonstrate interest in renewable green power, that interest will drive the market to develop more renewable power sources and alternative energy technologies. The more renewable power that is available, the less we will need to rely on traditional energy sources like coal.

EnviroWatts provides a way for you to show your support for environmental improvement projects in your community, support the environment, and demonstrate your interest in renewable energy.

EnviroWatts Grant Application

Since 2003, we have made 149 grants totally $784,099.72 given to local environmental projects. Apply for the grant today! 

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EnviroWatts Grant History

Date Organization Amount Project
2021-04 NICHES Land Trust $4,587.95 Electric stewardship equipment and accessories to maintain 3600 acres
2021-04 Food Finders Food Bank $3,310 Portable solar light sign system
2020-10 Wabash River Enhancement Corporation $2,500 Rain barrels, barrel stands, diverters and educational signs
2020-10 Lafayette Tree Fund (DBA Tree Lafayette) $10,000 Planting at least 200 trees each year in public spaces throughout Lafayette
2020-07 Ivy Tech $10,000 Energy Technology program scholarships
2020-07 YWCA Greater Lafayette $9,610 LED Lighting
2020-04 NICHES Land Trust $2,800 Purchase and plant trees and reforestation understory work at NICHES Frank and Ada Beineke Memorial Forest.
2019-10 Colfax Historical Society $2,975 Bring overhead lighting to code by purchasing 35 energy efficient LED troffer light fixtures.
2019-10 Lafayette Tree Fund $10,000 To plant at least 200 trees each year in public spaces.
2019-10 Wabash River Enhancement Corporation $5,000 To remove invasive plant species along the Wabash River which have a harmful impact on the environment, economy, and/or human health.
2019-07 Ivy Tech Foundation $10,000 Energy Technology program scholarships
2018-10 Lafayette Tree Fund - Tree Lafayette $10,000 Planting 200 trees in public spaces in Lafayette
2018-10 Lafayette Urban Ministry $10,000 Help fund a 35.71 kWh solar energy system
2018-07 Crawfordsville Main Street $10,000 Hire the completion of a professional tree inventory for public land and an urban forestry plan.
2018-07 Friends of Sugar Creek $3,727.77 Two canoes, four kayaks, a trailer for transport, as well as paddles and personal flotation devices
2018-07 Ivy Tech Foundation $10,000 Energy Technology program scholarships
2018-04 Food Finders Food Bank $3,000 Recycling, recycling education information and education signage for our teaching garden.
2018-04 NICHES Land Trust $10,000 Purchase seeds for 137 species that will be used to restore land acquired by NICHES.
2017-10 Tree Lafayette $10,000 Planting trees in Lafayette
2017-10 Camp Cullom $9,992 Install an array of 10 solar panels
2017-07 Ivy Tech Foundation $10,000 Scholarship funds to encourage student participation in Associate of Applied Science in Energy Technology
2017-04 Wabash Center $5,100 Revitalize and revamp three (3) Rain Gardens and purchase materials for their vegetable garden expansion
2017-04 Wabash River Enhancement Corporation $9,975 133 rain barrels, rain barrel stands, downspout diverters and landowner education signage
2017-01 Montgomery County Community Foundation $10,000 Trees, shrubs and flowers for the new Pike Place pocket park in Crawfordsville
2016-10 NICHES Land Trust $10,000 Land along the south side of their Shawnee Bottoms property in Northwest Fountain County for the purpose of land conservation and restoration efforts
2016-10 Lafayette Tree Fund - Tree Lafayette $10,000 Trees for 2017 Arbor Day tree planting event
2016-07 Ivy Tech Foundation $10,000 4 scholarships to the School of Energy Technology
2016-04 Food Finders Food Bank $10,000 2 solar parking lot lights for their facility
2016-04 Right Steps Child Development Centers $6,632 LED lighting for the Right Steps Dennis Burton facility
2016-04 Wabash Center $4,000 Various gardening material to expand their therapeutic garden project
2016-01 Art Museum of Greater Lafayette $5,000 LED lighting for Mickey Shook Gallery
2015-10 Hands of the Future $2,157.46 Tools and equipment to support children's environmental education programs such as Junior Nature Club and Living Schoolyards
2015-10 Wabash River Enhancement Corporation $9,975.00 Rain barrels, barrel stands, and educational signs to continue their rain barrel purchase program
2015-10 Lafayette Tree Fund - Tree Lafayette $10,000.00 Tree planting in Lafayette near Columbian Park
2015-07 Boys and Girls Club of Montgomery County $10,000.00 18 LED (Autobahn ATB2) lights and timed switch with a photo-cell sensor
2015-04 Tippecanoe County Historical Association $4,000 LED lighting system for the History Store
2015-04 Right Steps Child Development Centers $5,000 LED lighting for a new child care facility
2015-04 Ivy Tech Foundation $5,000 Tipmont REMC EnviroWatts Scholarship to the School of Energy Technology
2014-10 Lafayette Tree Fund - Tree Lafayette $10,000 Tree planting in Lafayette
2014-10 Wabash River Enhancement Corporation $9,975 133 rain barrels, barrel stands, diverters, and educational stands
2014-07 NICHES Land Trust $10,000 Install interpretive signs along the trails at Clegg Memorial Garden
2014-04 Ivy Tech Foundation $5,000 Fund the Ken Ritchey Tipmont REMC EnviroWatts Scholarship, a two-year scholarship to the School of Energy Technology
2014-01 Crawfordsville High School Transportation & Energy Class $3,399.87 To purchase a Sunforce Wind Generator Turbine, Power Hub Battery Storage Box, and a Solar Power Package which includes one powerhub 1800, two solar panels, one charge controller, and two batteries
2014-01 Sycamore Audubon Society & West Central Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society $4,000 To reduce and remove Honeysuckle and Autumn Olive from Ross Hills Park
2014-01 Wabash Center, Inc. $4,100 To purchase Aeroponics rail system, drip line system, replace and provide various plants
2013-10 Lafayette Tree Fund - Tree Lafayette $10,000 To perpetuate tree planting in the Lafayette area
2013-07 Coal Creek Chapter of Pheasants Forever $10,000 To purchase a new tractor which will be used to establish warm season grasses, trees, and other habitat areas and maintain previously established areas.
2013-07 Tipmont REMC Ivy Tech Scholarship $5,000 Fund the Ken Ritchey Tipmont REMC EnviroWatts Scholarship, a two-year scholarship to the Ivy Tech Sustainable Energy program of Study
2013-04 Wabash River Enhancement Corporation $9,975 To purchase a minimum of 133 rain barrels, rain barrel stands, downspout diverters and landowner education
2013-04 Waterkeeper Alliance $4,000 To purchase equipment for river cleanups, including trash bags, gloves, and second-hand canoes or kayaks
2013-01 West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Foundation $3,500 To build a stage and seating area to serve as a natural outdoor classroom on the hillside near Lilly Nature Center at the Celery Bog Nature Area in West Lafayette
2013-01 Wabash Center, Inc $2,000 To establish a garden area where therapeutic horticulture can be practiced
2012-10 Lafayette Tree Fund - Tree Lafayette $10,000 Purchase and plant trees from US 52 to Concord Rd, schools, replacing trees, fill-in projects
2012-10 NICHES Land Trust $5,220 Purchase prairie/savanna seed mix and 400 bare root white oaks needed to start the restoration at Potawatomi Trail
2012-10 Ross Biological Reserve $10,000 To build an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly building and teaching facility
2012-07 Tipmont REMC Ivy Tech Scholarship $5,000 Fund the Ken Ritchey Tipmont EnviroWatts Scholarship, a two-year scholarship to the Ivy Tech Sustainable Energy program of Study
2012-04 Wabash River Enhancement Corporation $10,000 Purchase rain barrels, stands, and downspout diverters
2012-04 West Lafayette Tree Fund $5,000 Purchase and plant trees in Northwestern Heights, West Lafayette neighborhood
2012-04 Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette $7,000 Purchase and install LED stage lighting
2012-01 CHS Transportation Systems Outreach $5,990 Electric vehicle construction and education
2012-01 NICHES Land Trust $5,000 Replenish funds from purchase of Mulvey Pond
2012-01 Purdue Boiler Green Initiative $10,000 Design and installation of a rain garden on the Purdue campus between Harrison and Hillenbrand Halls
2011-10 Lafayette Tree Fund - Tree Lafayette $10,000 Planting trees in Lafayette area
2011-10 Art Museum of Greater Lafayette $4,700 Landscaping around museum entrances
2011-07 Linden/Madison Township Historical Society, Inc. $2,000 Purchase and plant landscaping around the Linden Depot Museum campus
2011-07 CLEAN Community Challenge Committee $750 Purchase compostable dinnerware for GlobalFest in West Lafayette
2011-07 West Lafayette Go Greener Commission $2,500 Purchase compost bins and educational materials for pilot compost project
2011-07 Friends of Sugar Creek $750 Fund a conservation nigh at the Montgomery County 4-H Fair
2011-04 Tippecanoe Historical Association $10,000 Update track and case lighting to LED at Battle of Tippecanoe Museum
2011-04 NICHES Land Trust $8,200 Purchase a 6X6 Polaris Ranger to be used for fire management
2011-04 Greater Lafayette Community Foundation $1,500 Purchase items for the 2011 Clean Sweep program
2011-04 Tipmont REMC Ivy Tech Scholarship $5,000 Fund the Ken Ritchey Tipmont EnviroWatts Scholarship, a two-year scholarship to the Ivy Tech Sustainable Energy program of Study
2011-01 Lafayette Jefferson Super High Mileage Team $3,000 Prepare a vehicle for the IMSTEA Super mileage Challenge
2011-01 Darlington Conservation Club $4,350 Purchase and installation of new more energy efficient HVAC system at clubhouse
2010-07 Lyn Treece Boys & Girls Club of Tippecanoe County $5,000 Replace current lighting with more energy efficient bulbs and fixtures
2010-07 Montgomery County Masters Gardeners $300 Update and print the 2010 Montgomery County Big Tree Record
2010-07 Art Museum of Greater Lafayette $10,000 Add environmental friendly landscaping and improvements to parking lot at 10th Street entrance
2010-04 Tipmont REMC Ivy Tech Scholarship $5,000 Fund the Ken Ritchey Tipmont EnviroWatts Scholarship, a two-year scholarship to the Ivy Tech Sustainable Energy program of Study
2010-04 Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette $10,000 Upgrade theatrical, house and lobby lighting to more energy efficient bulbs and fixtures
2010-04 Tippecanoe County Historical Society