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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) Jobs and Internships

Author: ILSR Staff         Published:  2/18/22      ILSR

Interested in fighting corporate concentration and building local power?Join our team!

ILSR is looking for someone to join our team as Communications Director. This position will develop and drive bold media and communications strategies. The job is full-time, and can be done remotely or based in an ILSR office in Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Maine; or Washington, D.C. Find more details on the position and how to apply here.The need to decentralize economic power and reinvigorate democracy is stronger than ever. Come work with us! “[ILSR] is everything that I hope for and admire in a non-profit organization: relevant research, bold positions, erudite communications, and wonderful people.” — Heather H. “Thanks @ilsr for your unwavering support for the things that make our neighborhoods into real communities.” — Brad Lander, NYC Council Member“[T]he Institute for Local Self-Reliance…has emerged as one of the most prominent critics of the tech industry in Washington.” — Politico “None of this could have happened without ILSR’s research and advocacy.” — Yuval Yossefy, policy staff for the mayor of Birmingham on the city’s dollar store ordinance
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Neighborhood Prosperity Fund (NPF)

Author: DMPED Staff    Published: 2/17/22   Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development

 

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The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of proposals for the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund (NPF).

Purpose

NPF incentivizes community development, economic growth, and job creation by leveraging local funds to provide financing for projects that attract private investment to distressed communities. Grant funds support architectural and engineering costs, construction costs, tenant improvements, historical preservation building improvements to maintain compliance with applicable laws, development analysis, rent abatement and/or tenant concessions for up to 3 years to stabilize market rent.

Award

DMPED will award up to $4,000,000.00 total in grants to be disbursed to successful applicants of the FY22 Neighborhood Prosperity Fund. Minimum request per application is $250,000.00.

Eligible businesses

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations, joint ventures, partnerships, cooperatives, and limited liability types of companies, corporations, and for-profit and non-profit developers.

Eligible Projects are defined as projects that combine two or more of the following types of development: mixed used (commercial portion only), retail, food services office, or special purpose developments limited to urgent care centers and other health or medical facilities. Projects must be within the statutory boundaries of the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund.

Prospective applicants can verify their location eligibility via the interactive mapping tool found at here. Projects located outside of a qualifying Neighborhood Prosperity Fund statutory boundary will not be considered.

Application

The application to apply for the FY22 Neighborhood Prosperity Fund opens on Friday, February 25, 2022 and closes on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 4:00 PM EST.

More Information

Click here to view the NOFA.

Locally Made Manufacturing Grant

The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of proposals for the DC Local Equity, Access and Preservation Funds – Locally Made Manufacturing Grant Program (“Locally Made”).

Purpose

The Office of the Deputy Mayor recognizes manufacturing supply chains have become more complicated due to multiple suppliers, challenging international trade and import and export regulations, and the rapid acceleration of e-commerce demands and absorption, and the exacerbation of the COVID-19 global pandemic and public health emergency. Supply chains were distressed and, in some cases, disrupted. There is increasing need to manufacture and procure consumer goods locally.

Award

DMPED will award up to $500,000.00 total in grants to be disbursed to successful applicants of the Grant. Maximum request per application is $100,000.00.

Eligible businesses

Existing small business whose core business aligns with light manufacturing and is located either within or plans to move to a Great Street Corridor are eligible. See map here.

Application

The application to apply for the FY22 Neighborhood Prosperity Fund opens on Friday, February 25, 2022 and closes on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 4:00 PM EST.

More Information

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Call for Interconnection Improvements; State Policy Preview; Webinar – DERs in Wholesale Markets & Distribution Networks

Author: AEE Staff       Published: 2/17/22       AEE NEWS

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February 17, 2022Your Source for Advanced Energy News and Policy Updates

Policy Update

AEE, ACP, and SEIA filed supplemental comments with FERC to emphasize the need and opportunity for near-term interconnection improvements. Continue reading the press statement. >

On the Blog

Between figuring out how to put to work funds from last year’s federal infrastructure bill, carrying out their own mandates for clean energy, and prepping for an electric transportation future, states will remain the primary venue for building an advanced energy economy in 2022. Continue reading on the blog. >

Webinars

FERC Order 2222 directed regional grid operators to open their wholesale markets to distributed energy resources (DERs) but that will take more than action by RTOs/ISOs. Distribution utilities and their state regulators also have big roles to play in realizing all the benefits of distributed resources for customers and the power grid. In this webinar, which draws on FERC Order No 2222 Implementation: Preparing the Distribution System for DER Participation in Wholesale Markets, a report from AEE and GridLab, hear from utility executives and DER companies about what needs to happen locally to unlock the value of DERs at the grid edge. Presented by AEE, GridLab, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). Register for the webinar. >

Congress committed billions of dollars to the deployment of advanced energy technologies, products, and services with the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Now it’s time for states to tap the various funding channels and programs made available by the legislation. In this on-demand webinar, recorded live on February 8, federal and state officials, along with advanced energy industry leaders, explored the best path forward for states, businesses, and communities looking to get the most out of accelerating the energy transition. Watch the webinar recording. >

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Now in its fourth year, Energy Storage USA 2022 brings together financiers, developers, utilities, and equipment manufacturers March 23-24 in Austin, Texas, to explore barriers and opportunities facing the energy storage market. This two-day, in-person event delves into timely topics, from unlocking the potential of long-duration storage, and establishing stability in supply chains, to navigating a tumultuous regulatory environment. See the full agenda and register online. Use the code AEE20 to save 20%. Register here. >

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SoSolar Snapshot: New CSP and PV Funding; Permitting Pilot Results Webinar Today

Author: US DOE SETO Staff         Published: 2/17/22        SETO

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What’s Inside: Solar Snapshot, the newsletter of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), shares recent announcementsupcoming eventsproducts and publicationsand more.

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New Funding to Decarbonize Industrial Processes

There is $25 million in funding available for innovative research and development projects in concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) technologies. This funding opportunity is designed to help decarbonize industrial processes, like cement, ammonia, and steel production, and advance particle-based thermal storage. Diverse teams from universities, federally funded research and development centers, nonprofit and for-profit companies, community-based organizations, state agencies, and local governments are encouraged to apply. Register for an informational webinar on Feb. 24 and submit mandatory concept papers by Mar. 16.

SETO Fiscal Year 2022 Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Funding Opportunity

New Funding for Small Innovative Projects in Solar

The Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS) funding program is open for 2022 applications. SETO will award up to $5 million for innovative research and development seedling projects in photovoltaics (PV) and CSP technologies that accelerate the large-scale deployment of solar technologies. Universities, research organizations, and researchers who have never received DOE funding are encouraged to apply. Submit a mandatory letter of intent by Feb. 28.

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Apply for the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

Applications for Phase One of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize are due by Feb. 25. The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity launched the prize to support innovation in underrepresented communities in the energy sector.

HOPE for PV Doctoral Students

The Hands-On Photovoltaic Experience (HOPE) is a workshop aimed at doctoral students pursuing PV-related research who would like to learn more about the fabrication, measurement, and study of PV materials and devices. Come spend a week (or two) with world-renowned researchers in Golden, Colorado at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Colorado School of Mines July 17-22, 2022 or virtually July 12-22, 2022. Applications to participate are due Mar. 16.

Technical Assistance for Remote and Island Communities

Remote, island, and islanded communities can apply to receive substantial support from DOE’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) to transform their energy systems and increase energy resilience. ETIPP employs a community-driven approach to identify and plan strategic clean energy and energy resilience solutions that address a community’s specific challenges. Apply by Apr. 15.

Perovskite Startup Prize Opens Next Countdown Contest

Perovskite solar companies are encouraged to apply to the American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize Countdown Contest, which is designed to accelerate the growth of the U.S. perovskite industry. Both new and previous applicants are eligible. Finalists will receive $200,000 cash prize and can move on in the competition. Apply by Apr. 28.

Work with National Labs to Commercialize Solar Technologies

The Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) Lab Call will fund national laboratory researchers to collaborate with non-federal partners, including private companies, to create innovative programs and activities aimed at streamlining the pathway to market for technologies developed at the labs. Private partners interested in working with the national laboratories through this opportunity can sign up for the Teaming Partner List and learn more at the informational webinar on Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Applications from national laboratory teams are due by Apr. 29.

The Race Begins for the Solar Forecasting Prize Competitors

Competition is officially underway in the American-Made Solar Forecasting Prize, which is designed to better enable solar industry stakeholders with state-of-the-art solar forecasting capabilities. The 23 competing teams are now submitting daily forecasts for various cities across the country and showcasing their solar forecasting algorithms. Teams are competing for up to $50,000 in cash prizes through Mar. 13. Check out the Solar Forecasting Prize’s anonymized results through the weekly leaderboard.

New PV Standard Published for End-of-Life Modules

The American Society for Testing and Materials published a new standard to make sure solar panels that are no longer functional can be safely recycled. The standard establishes a panel sample preparation process for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure that determines if the out-of-service panels contain hazardous materials.

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Upcoming Events

Happening Today: SolarAPP+ Pilot Results Webinar

Feb. 17 | 1 p.m. ET Join SETO, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and NREL to learn about the outcomes of the SolarAPP+ pilot trials and see how the platform helped these communities streamline solar permitting.

Technology Commercialization Fund Webinars

Feb. 22 | For National Labs: 1-2 p.m. ET | For Private Industry: 2:30-3:30 p.m. ETJoin this DOE webinar to learn how labs and industry can partner to help commercialize promising energy technologies.

Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Fiscal Year 2022 Research, Development, and Demonstration

Feb. 24 | 2 p.m. ETSETO will host an informational webinar to discuss this newly announced funding opportunity and the areas of focus.

Solar Power in Your Community Webinar

Mar. 3 | 2 p.m. ETJoin NREL and SETO for an informational webinar introducing the Solar Power in Your Community guidebook.


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In Case You Missed It

National Community Solar Partnership Annual Summit

Watch the recording of this event, which discussed the Partnership’s goal to enable community solar systems to power the equivalent of 5 million households and create $1 billion in energy savings by 2025.

Heating Up: Advances in Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power

This SETO stakeholder webinar discussed the latest advances in CSP with guest speaker Chiranjeev Kalra, Vice President of Power Generation Engineering at Heliogen, who highlighted developments in reliability testing and commercialization of next-generation CSP technology.


Learn more about SETO or DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

ILSR Wins EPA Award for Building Resilient Communities

Author: Stacy Mitchell                Published: 2/16/22            ILSR

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The EPA Recognizes ILSR for Diverting Food Waste From Landfills. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as an awardee in the Food Recovery Challenge’s Regional Grantee category. It recognizes ILSR for building resilient and healthy communities, advancing local composting, and enhancing soils for local food production. Read more… 

CHALLENGING CORPORATE POWER

  • Utilities Try to Corner the Market. With their control of data, infrastructure, and political influence, electric utilities slow deployment of electric transmission unless it maximizes their profits. This podcast with Ari Peskoe, Director of the Harvard Electricity Law Initiative, uncovers how our clean energy future could be forestalled by entrenched utility companies. Read more…
  • Experts Share Options for States to Fund Recycling Infrastructure. More investment is needed to increase the United States’ waste prevention, reuse, and recycling capacity. In this recent ILSR webinar, state agency representatives from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Iowa presented on grant and loan programs that support waste diversion. Watch the webinar…

BUILDING LOCAL POWER

  • Apply for AARP’s Community Challenge Grant Program. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has announced the latest round of its Community Challenge Grant Program. The program directs funding toward a wide range of projects attempting to build more resilient, livable, equitable communities. Applications for the current round are due March 22nd. Read more… 
  • Communities Can Use Federal Recovery Funds to Support Small Business Development. A new report from ILSR suggests twelve ways in which communities can use some of their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocations to strengthen and grow small businesses. It spotlights towns and cities that are already using the money to cultivate small-scale manufacturing, provide affordable commercial space, close the racial entrepreneurship gap, and more. Read the report and watch the webinar…

We’re Hiring! ILSR is looking for an experienced communications professional to join our team as Communications Director.Learn more here.

NABS Successfully Builds A National Team Applies for EDA Good Jobs Challenge Opportunity

NABS Consortium Staff           Published: 2/13/22              NABS

               

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Solar Sustainability Across America (SSAA) Project

Solar Sustainability Across America (SSAA) is a collaborative effort of sectoral partnerships
consisting of Tougaloo College, Global Apprenticeship Foundation, Power52 Foundation, and the
National Association of Blacks in Solar (NABS). Our Consortium works to enhance and promote
educational training awareness to disadvantaged citizens of all ages and backgrounds. SSAA has
support from industry employer partners, other non-profit organizations, faith-based
organizations, government officials, educational institutions, and political figures.

SSAA will provide training and job placement for 750 new solar installers and professionals in Maryland,
Washington, DC/Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. Our program
training model provides 8 weeks of Pre-Apprenticeship training accredited by the National Center
for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) which includes a 1-week solar training boot
camp followed by a two-year Department of Labor solar installer Apprenticeship. Apprentices
receive 4,000 hours of on-the-job training and 320 clock-hours of classroom instruction.

Our accredited curriculum not only provides technical solar training and behavioral competency
training, but will also be articulated to college credits at Tougaloo College and Pittsburgh Technical College for graduates seeking to pursue a college degree.

Our highly regarded training model prepares Apprentices for the industry recognized NABCEP Credentials and Certifications. Wraparound services and mentorship will be provided to mitigate barriers as well as increase  employment retention rates for our graduates. As a part of our wraparound service model,
Apprentices will also receive industry required tools and materials.

Link to Podcast: “Solar Now And The Future With Its Economic Impact On Black America”

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PRESS RELEASE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES STRONG RESPONSE TO THE GOOD JOBS CHALLENGE, DEMONSTRATING APPLICANTS’ COMMITMENT TO CREATING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICA’S WORKFORCE

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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that it has received 509 applications for its American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge program. Applicants represent significant interest from a diverse range of stakeholders in communities across America: EDA received applications from partnerships in all States, territories and the District of Columbia, and applicant partnerships are comprised of State, local and Tribal governments, Institutions of Higher Education, non-profit organizations, and organized labor. Together, these applicants demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting underserved communities and groups with barriers to employment. The high interest in the program shows the need for workforce development opportunities for communities, workers, and businesses across the country.

Click here for the full list of applicants. (PDF)

The Good Jobs Challenge is designed to help get Americans back to work by developing holistic regional workforce systems with strong sectoral and employer partnerships that will lead to good-paying jobs.

This $500 million EDA investment will build and strengthen workforce systems and industry partnerships, providing new opportunities for America’s workforce to develop in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs in high-demand fields. By making equity a top priority and investing in wraparound services, this investment is focused on removing barriers to training, particularly for those workers hit hardest by the pandemic, including women and people of color. EDA anticipates making approximately 25 to 50 awards.

“The Biden Administration is committed to developing employer-driven partnerships that respond to the talent and training needs of companies across the country while also leading to good-paying jobs for the American people,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “The Good Jobs Challenge will connect workforce training programs with industries and businesses to create a pipeline of skilled workers and help remove barriers for Americans to access good-paying jobs through training and wrap-around services.”

“The Good Jobs Challenge is designed to build up a strong workforce, which will lead to a stronger economy,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “The applicants represent hundreds of local partnerships dedicated to working together to create new opportunities and pathways towards financial security to lift up American workers with training and support that leads to good-paying jobs.”

To find a list of applicants and to read Assistant Secretary Alejandra Y. Castillo’s letter to them, please click here.

On July 22, 2021, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that EDA began implementing a series of programs, collectively called Investing in America’s Communities, to equitably invest the $3 billion it received from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act to help communities across the country build back better. The American Rescue Plan EDA investment is the largest economic development initiative from the U.S. Department of Commerce in decades.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

Stay Connected: Join EDA’s Mailing List Today!

 

New Legislation Dedicates Annual Funding for the Green Bank

Author: Staff MCGB               Published: 2/6/22          MCGB

New Legislation Dedicates Annual Funding for the Montgomery County Green Bank

Montgomery County Council passed the Montgomery County Green Buildings Now Act on February 1, 2022, which allocates 10% of the fuel-energy tax revenue each year to the Montgomery County Green Bank (Green Bank). Through this approach, the Green Bank could receive an estimated $18 million annually in funding to support clean energy projects in the County.  This legislation for Green Bank funding will provide the depth of resources needed for the Green Bank to partner with private capital to meet the market demand for clean energy projects and to accelerate progress on equitably meeting the County’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.  
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The Montgomery County Green Bank is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping businesses and residents affordably implement energy efficiency and clean energy solutions. The Green Bank supports the county by driving investment into energy efficiency and clean energy through lending and investment partners in the region. These efforts include working with homeowners, renters, and commercial entities of all varieties. For more information, visit www.mcgreenbank.org.
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U.S. Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership Annual Summit

 Author: US DOE Staff           Published: 2/1/2022       DOE

Dear Community Solar Champion, 

Thank you for joining the National Community Solar Partnership’s second Annual Summit, “To 5 Million and Beyond: Community Solar’s Pathway to Success”! We were thrilled to be able to explore NCSP’s new target and the pathway to success initiatives with over 600 partners and community solar stakeholders last week. We were also excited to hear from so many incredible speakers, including Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Governor Jay Inslee (WA) and Governor JB Pritzker (IL), community solar finance experts, technical assistance providers and recipients, and a roundtable of community solar developer CEOs that provided context to and generated considerable energy for these new initiatives.  

Although the Summit is over, the work toward the new target is just beginning and we cannot reach it without you. Here’s how you can join us on the pathway to success: 

  1. Join the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP)! Connect with over 900 community solar stakeholders and exclusive resources and opportunities by becoming an NCSP partner. Partnership is free and open to any individual residing or doing business in the U.S. Additional opportunities to engage in NCSP initiatives will be made available through the Mobilize community.  
  2. Register for our upcoming webinar, “Getting to 5 Million: Current Community Solar Market Trends and Pathways to Reach 5 Million Households,” on the latest market data on community solar and how the initiatives on the Pathway to Success can impact future growth. 
  3. Apply for technical assistance through the NCSP Technical Assistance program, which offers technical and analytical expertise at no cost to registered NCSP partners.  

 We also hope you’ll check out the recording of the event and resources shared throughout the day. Recordings segmented by session and additional resources are available to NCSP partners on the Mobilize platform.  

View the Recording of the NCSP Annual Summit 

Finally, we encourage you to sign on to publicly support the new NCSP target. We are all working to support deployment of enough community solar to power the equivalent of 5 million households by 2025, generating $1 billion in energy bill savings. We’re excited to share that we now have over 150 partners publicly committed to the new target! Partners making a public commitment will be featured in NCSP media.  

Sign on to Publicly Support the New NCSP Target 

 Thank you again for joining the NCSP Annual Summit and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with you to accelerate equitable and affordable community solar for all.  

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The NCSP is a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar. Led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NCSP partners leverage peer networks and technical assistance resources to set goals and overcome barriers to expanding community solar access. To access exclusive resources, opportunities, and a network of over 900 community solar stakeholders, register to become a partner today