Funding Notice: $10.3 Million Available to Support Marine Energy Innovation

Author: US DOE            Published: 9/29/2022       EERE News

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

EERE Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) today released a $10.3 million funding opportunity to accelerate the development and testing of renewable marine energy technologies with a focus on wave and ocean current resources. 

This funding opportunity invests in wave-powered technology innovation and research and development for seawater desalination and a feasibility assessment for an ocean current test facility. It is the first significant funding opportunity DOE is investing in a blue economy market and is designed to encourage faster and smaller-scale designing, building, and testing of marine energy technologies. 

Marine energy resources—such as wave, tidal, and ocean and river currents—are abundant, geographically diverse, energy dense, and complementary to other renewable energy sources. Significant in-water testing has occurred in recent years, both domestically and internationally, to prove performance and reliability of systems that could provide utility-scale levels of clean electricity to the grid. Marine energy can also serve the needs of many blue economy markets such as producing fresh water through desalination in disaster relief situations and to small communities.  

WPTO encourages underserved communities and underrepresented groups to participate in this funding opportunity. Applicants are highly encouraged to include individuals from groups historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math on their project teams. Further, minority-serving institutions, minority business enterprises, minority-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses, or entities located in an underserved community that meet the eligibility requirements described in the funding opportunity are encouraged to apply as the prime applicant or participate on an application as a proposed partner to the prime applicant.  

WPTO estimates making up to 14 awards under the Marine Energy Systems Innovation at Sea funding opportunity, ranging between $300,000 and $2,125,000.  

Applicants must submit a concept paper by 5 p.m. ET on November 4, 2022, to be eligible to submit a full application. 


WPTO will host an informational webinar at 3 p.m. ET on October 13, 2022, to discuss the funding opportunity and areas of focus. Register for the webinar.

Learn more about this funding opportunity and additional opportunities from WPTO. 

DOE Announces First Cohort of Post-Secondary Programs to Receive New Zero Energy Design Designation

Author: UD DOE Staff        Published: 9/28/2022     EERE News

Energy dot gov Office of Energy Efficiency and renewable energy

DOE Announces First Cohort of Post-Secondary Programs to Receive New Zero Energy Design Designation

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded its first-ever Zero Energy Design Designation (ZEDD) seal of recognition to 17 leading educational programs that are preparing tomorrow’s architectural and engineering leaders to design and build the most sustainable buildings possible. This new DOE designation distinguishes post-secondary academic programs that impart the best practices of zero-energy design on students and require them to apply those building science concepts in actual projects.

“Our fight against climate change runs straight through our nation’s buildings, and the forward-looking college and university programs we honored today are paving the way for students to lead our net-zero greenhouse gas emissions future,” said Carolyn Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “Graduates of these programs will join the front lines of our fight against the climate crisis by designing sustainable buildings that bring the benefits of our clean energy future to all.”

The following educational programs, available at 12 institutions globally, earned DOE’s Zero Energy Design Designation (ZEDD):

  • Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana)
    • Bachelor of Architecture
    • Master of Architecture
  • The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)
    • Master of Science in Net Zero Design/Master of Architecture Joint Degree
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Illinois)
    • Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering
    • Master High Performance Buildings
  • University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)
    • Net Zero Energy Design Track in the Architectural Engineering Program
  • Hawkeye Community College (Waterloo, Iowa)
    • Sustainable Construction and Design Program
  • Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center, Vermont)
    • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology
  • University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri)
    • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
  • University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
    • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering
  • Howard University (Washington, D.C.)
    • Master of Architecture with an Equitable High-Performance Energy Design Concentration
  • Western Washington University (Bellingham, Washington)
    • Bachelor of Science in Energy, Science, and Technology – Net Zero Energy Design Track
  • Myongji University (Seoul, Korea)
    • Zero Energy Design Certificate for Bachelor of Architecture, College of Architecture
    • Zero Energy Design Certificate for Bachelor of Traditional Architecture
    • Zero Energy Design Certificate for Bachelor of Space Design
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, North Carolina)
    • Master of Science in Technology with a Sustainable Building Design and Construction Concentration
    • Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences with a Sustainable Buildings Concentration

The Zero Energy Design Designation program supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. With buildings being one of the main contributors to carbon emissions, building professionals must be trained to design and construct high-efficiency, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables to achieve this goal. DOE’s ZEDD designation, offered to qualifying programs of study for three years, requires graduating students to:

  • Complete a Building Science Education Curriculum that uses DOE’s Solar Decathlon Building Science Education learning modules or otherwise meets ZEDD’s learning objectives; and,
  • Participate in a Zero Energy Design Practicum, either by completing the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design and/or Build Challenge or by engaging in a real-world zero-energy design project that would earn the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification or more stringent energy and environmental performance standard.

“This designation is important to us because it demonstrates our commitment to, and passion for, sustainable building design and interdisciplinary education. It is an honor to receive this designation as one of the first pilots, and we expect the designation to help raise the visibility of our programs,” said Brent Stephens, Department Chair, Professor of Architectural Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Energy Department Announces $24M to Advance Solar-Thermal Technolog

Author: US DOE Staff        Published: 9/27/2022       SETO

Energy dot gov Office of Energy Efficiency and renewable energy

Solar Energy Technologies Office



U.S. Department of Energy Announces $24 Million to Advance Solar-Thermal and Industrial Decarbonization Technologies

DOE Also Releases Strategic Roadmap to Enhance Ability to Harness Solar Power, Lower Costs for Mirrors used in Concentrating Solar Power Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released a new roadmap and awarded $24 million to ten research teams that will advance next-generation concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) technologies, which utilize the sun to generate heat for electricity production and industrial processing. Five of these ten projects will focus on advancing industrial uses for this technology, specifically in the cement, hydrogen, and chemicals sectors, and help advance the goals laid out in DOE’s Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap and recently launched Industrial Heat Shot. The other five projects will support DOE’s $100 million ongoing efforts to develop next-generation CSP plants, which can generate low-cost electricity at any time of day. Today’s announcements will further advance the development and deployment of solar energy technologies and help support President Biden’s goal of achieving a net-zero economy by 2050.

“Solar-thermal technologies provide us with a significant opportunity to upgrade and reduce emissions of industrial plants across the nation while meeting America’s energy needs with reliable, around the clock power generation,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE’s investments will drive the innovation necessary to build out a clean energy economy and meet our climate goals while diversifying the sources of dependable and readily available clean energy.”

CSP technologies, which use mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto a receiver, can be used to generate electricity using a turbine, but the same technologies can also be applied to deliver heat to a variety of industrial applications, like water desalination, food processing, chemical production, and mineral processing.

Today’s awards were announced at the International Energy Agency’s Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES) conference, hosted by DOE in Albuquerque, NM. The awardees will research, develop, and demonstrate projects that can decarbonize the energy sector by developing CSP technologies for higher efficiency power cycles, increased flexibility and reliability through thermal storage, and carbon-free industrial processes in the United States.

The ten projects announced below fall into two categories which focus on different areas of CSP technologies:

  • Industrial decarbonization (Five projects, $13.2 million):
    • Heliogen (Pasadena, CA): This project will demonstrate a CSP process for decarbonizing the heating of limestone to 950°C, which could reduce the carbon emissions associated with manufacturing cement. (Award Amount: $4.1 million)
    • Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM): This project will optimize heat-transfer processes and designs associated with the production of solar-thermal production of cement. (Award Amount: $2.6 million)
    • Solar Dynamics (Broomfield, CO): This project will develop and test designs of novel molten salt thermal energy storage tanks to enable the delivery of carbon-free heat on-demand. (Award Amount: $2.3 million)
    • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL): This project will design and validate a highly efficient and scalable solar thermochemical reactor to produce hydrogen from water and sunlight. (Award Amount: $2.2 million)
    • University of Maryland: College Park (College Park, MD): This project will develop a novel chemical reactor to decarbonize the production of propylene, a key precursor to many chemicals. (Award Amount: $2 million)
  • Gen3 solid particle technologies (Five projects, $10.7 million):
    • GE Research (Niskayuna, NY): This project will aim to deliver a preliminary design of a supercritical carbon-dioxide (sCO2) power block that is optimized for Gen3 CSP that uses solid particles. (Award Amount: $1.6 million)
    • Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS): The project team will develop a novel particle-based thermochemical energy storage system for CSP. (Award Amount: $3.1 million)
    • Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM): This project will design high-temperature mass flow sensors that use solid particles to move and store thermal energy for the reliable operation of Gen3 CSP systems. (Award Amount: $1 million)
    • Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM): This project will design a modular slide gate system for control of particle flows in CSP receivers, in collaboration with an industrial valve manufacturer. (Award Amount: $1.9 million)
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI): This project aims to develop a prototype particle-to-sCO2 heat exchanger using advanced design and manufacturing techniques. (Award Amount: $3.1 million)

Heliostat Consortium Roadmap and Request for Information

To further advance CSP technologies, DOE today also released a roadmap, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to guide research and deployment of heliostats, which are mirrors that follow the sun and concentrate sunlight in CSP plants. These components represent 30-40% of the cost of a CSP system, so reducing the cost of heliostats can make a significant impact on DOE’s goal of $0.05/kwh for CSP plants by 2030. Key areas the roadmap identifies as ripe for innovation include automated operation and machine learning, metrology, automated manufacturing and installation, as well as secure wireless controls. DOE’s Heliostat Consortium (HelioCon), a $25 million, 5-year research effort led by NREL and Sandia National Laboratories, in collaboration with the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute, will work to implement the roadmap.

As the central hub for heliostat technology development in the United States, HelioCon seeks to significantly expand U.S. expertise in heliostats and increase the number researchers in the field. To achieve that goal, NREL today released a $3 million request for proposals (RFP) for research projects to work with them on these challenges. In addition to engaging external researchers, the RFP will seek to leverage unique expertise and test capabilities at the National Laboratories to advance the projects proposed by academic and industry partners. Responses are due by Nov. 8, 2022.

Learn more about the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, its research in CSPindustrial decarbonization, and how DOE’s research in desalination can help pave the way to greater adoption of CSP technologies.

How the Inflation Reduction Act Impacts Solar Deployment and Manufacturing

Author: US DOE Staff     9.26.2022           SETO

Energy dot gov Office of Energy Efficiency and renewable energy


On Tuesday, September 27, from 2-2:30 p.m. ET, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) will host the webinar “Reaching for the Solar Future: How the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Impacts Solar Deployment and Expands Manufacturing.” SETO leadership and staff will give an overview on the IRA’s updated incentives and discuss how these changes can speed solar deployment, support domestic solar manufacturing, and help reduce carbon emissions to 40% below 2005 levels by 2030.

The webinar will also highlight the IRA’s broader implications for SETO’s Solar Futures Study analysis, which modeled the deployment of solar necessary for a decarbonized grid by 2035.

Members of the solar energy research and development community and SETO awardees are encouraged to join.

Register now for the webinar and learn more about the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.


Biden-Harris Administration Announces Historic $7 Billion Funding Opportunity to Jump-Start America’s Clean Hydrogen Economy

Author: US DOE Staff      Published: 9/26/2022      EERE News

Energy dot gov Office of Energy Efficiency and renewable energy

September 23, 2022

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Historic $7 Billion Funding Opportunity to Jump-Start America’s Clean Hydrogen Economy

The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday opened applications for the $7 billion program to create regional clean hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs) across the country, which will form a critical arm of America’s future clean energy economy. As part of a larger $8 billion hydrogen hub program funded through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the H2Hubs will be a central driver in helping communities across the country benefit from clean energy investments, good-paying jobs, and improved energy security – all while supporting President Biden’s goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

The H2Hubs will be one of the largest investments in DOE history. Funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, managed by DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations with support from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, they are a critical component of the Administration’s commitment to invest in America’s workforce, jumpstart local economic growth, and create good-paying, union jobs as we build a clean energy economy, improve energy security, and tackle climate change. Addressing environmental justice and engaging local communities, particularly historically disadvantaged and underserved communities that have disproportionately borne the brunt of past energy practices, are fundamental priorities of DOE’s approach to developing H2Hubs.   

For this initial funding opportunity launch, DOE is aiming to select six to ten hubs for a combined total of up to $7 billion in federal funding. Concept papers are due by November 7, 2022, and full applications are due by April 7, 2023. Additional funding opportunities may follow to accelerate and expand the network of clean hydrogen projects. 

As part of the Department’s commitment to accelerating the national deployment of clean hydrogen fuel, DOE also released a draft of the National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap for public feedback. The Roadmap provides a comprehensive overview of the potential for hydrogen production, transport, storage, and use in the United States and outlines how clean hydrogen can contribute to national decarbonization and economic development goals. A final version of the strategy and roadmap will be released in the coming months and updated at least every three years. 

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Solarize Africa – New Operational Project

Author: Tyler Hurlburt      Published: 9/22/2022       Energea


Cape Town, South Africa

CPOA Trianon

Solarize Africa


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CPOA Trianon is now operational and cash flowing.  This 147 kW system powers a retirement community in Cape Town, South Africa. More projects like CPOA Trianon are coming soon to the Solarize Africa portfolio. As a result of popular demand, Solarize Africa is temporarily fully-funded. Sign up now to get notified when we raise for the next project.

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Honestly everyone should watch this video. People in Florida know this is ALL TRUE but people elsewhere would be shocked!

Author: More Perfect Union Staff        Published: 9/19 2022        MPU

DOE Justice Week Day 3: Equity Action Plan Townhall and Exec. Order 13985

Author: US DOE ODE Staff             9/15/2022          ODE

DOE Justice Week Day 5: Community Engagement (Internal and External)

About this event

DOE is hosting its first-ever Justice Week September 12-16. DOE will convene internal and external stakeholders to discuss the work the Department has been doing this past year on issues of equity and justice and understand the path ahead to institutionalize this important work. We will be discussing three large initiatives: the DEIA Executive Order (EO 14035), the Equity Executive Order (EO 13985), and the Justice40 Initiative. There will be activities for DOE employees and contractors every day of the week as well as some external events.

Day 4 of Justice week will focus on the Justice40 Initiative. During his first week in office, President Joe Biden issued Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Section 223 of this Order established the Justice40 Initiative, which directs 40% of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments – including investments in clean energy and energy efficiency; clean transit; affordable and sustainable housing; training and workforce development; the remediation and reduction of legacy pollution; and the development of clean water infrastructure – to flow to disadvantaged communities. In this course White House leaders will cover the whole-of-government approach to the Justice40 Initiative and Department of Energy program leaders will discuss how they are equitably tackling the climate crisis through the Justice40 Initiative.

Participants will:

  1. Learn what type of direction has the White House provided to Federal agencies to achieve the goals of Justice40 Initiative.
  2. Learn how DOE programs are applying the Justice40 Initiative to program design and implementation.
  3. Learn how a quantitative framework centered around reducing energy burden and equitable clean energy interventions can support policy decision-making and program design.
  4. Learn how the Communities Local Energy Action Program (Communities LEAP) was designed to help environmental justice communities and communities with historical ties to fossil fuel industries take direct control of their clean energy future.


  • 10:00: Welcoming Remarks by Deputy Director for Energy Justice Tony Reames
  • 10:05: Keynote Speech by Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Senior Director for Environmental Justice Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome
  • 10:30: Panel – White House Justice40 Initiative Implementation
  • 11:15: Panel – Aligning Justice40 benefits with Program Priorities Panel
  • 11:55-12:00 Closing Remarks
  • 12:00: Lunchtime Webinar: Valuing social science and interdisciplinary and inclusive energy research
  • 1:00: Webinar – Optimizing Equity in Energy Policy Interventions
  • 2:00: Panel: Community-DOE Collaboration – Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program)
  • 3:00: Closing Remarks by Chief of Staff Christopher Davis
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Green Bank News | September 2022 Here’s The Latest News

Author: MCGB Staff      Published: 9/14/2022       MCGB

See below for more details on the upcoming
Board of Directors Meeting. 
 September 30, 2022 Board of Directors Meeting 

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Teleconference

The Montgomery County Green Bank will be holding a Board of Directors Meeting on Friday, September 30, 2022, at 9:00 AM via teleconference. The public may attend in person at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD; 4th Floor Conference Room. Please RSVP to View the meeting agenda.

RSVP for the Meeting
We’re expanding our business with partnerships, deals and programs. See below for updates. 
 New Affordable Multi-Family Housing Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program

Using a grant from General Motor’s Climate Equity Fund, the Green Bank is helping affordable multi-family rental property owners in Montgomery County install EV chargers and offer the flexibility for their residents to own electric vehicles. The Green Bank’s New Affordable Multi-Family Housing Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program (EV-CIP) provides funding with no out-of-pocket costs for affordable, multi-family housing properties to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Learn More About EV-CIP
The Green Bank is committed to working collaboratively with partner organizations. See below for more details on networking and outreach events.
 Green Bank Hosts Celebration Event Honoring Partnerships and Showcasing Our Collective Achievements  
The Green Bank hosted an evening celebration event on Thursday, September 8 at The Urban Winery, honoring partnerships and showcasing our collective achievements in making clean energy projects possible in Montgomery County. We were joined by nearly 100 attendees, including contractor, financial, end-user, and clean energy partner organizations, Montgomery County Councilmembers, and State Delegates. Thank you for your support, enthusiasm, and commitment to our work.
 Green Bank Sponsors Poolesville Day National Drive Electric Show  
Join the Green Bank on Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for the National Drive Electric Week: Drive Electric Poolesville Day Event. As a participating sponsor, the Green Bank will have a booth available to provide more information about our new EV charging infrastructure program. Learn more about electric vehicles from EV owners, dealerships, and manufacturers. Sign up for EV test drives and enter free drawings for a chance to win prizes.
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 Webinar: EV Charging for Condos, Coops and Townhomes
On September 6 and September 11, the Montgomery County Green Bank along with Montgomery County’s CCOC (Commission on Common Ownership Communities) and DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) hosted seminars on Electric Vehicle Charging stations so you can charge at home. Charging at home is one of the biggest benefits of driving electric, making it an important asset for condos, co-ops, and townhomes with shared parking.

Watch the seminar recording for more information.

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Online Resources and Events
Take advantage of these resources and webinars while staying-at-home:

Clean Energy Solutions Webinar Archive
View the library of Clean Energy Solutions webinars for topics ranging from home appliance efficiency and benchmarking to breakthrough information on achieving energy savings.

New Buildings Institute Webinar Archive
View NBI’s archive of on-demand webinar recordings on topics including codes and policies to advance net zero to zero net carbon schools.

ENERGY STAR Recorded Webinars 
Learn about the latest ENERGY STAR residential programs about advanced energy efficiency in homes, or revisit your contractor trainings for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to refresh requirements, objectives, and strategies.

Home Energy Score Training Webinars
Brush up on your Home Energy Score understanding with these webinars from the U.S. DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.

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Funding Opportunity: DOE Launches SolarAPP+ Prize to Streamline Solar Permitting

Author:  US DOE         Published: 9/12/2022     SETO

Energy dot gov Office of Energy Efficiency and renewable energy

DOE Launches SolarAPP+ Prize to Streamline Solar Permitting

The U.S Department of Energy today launched the SolarAPP+ Prize, a million-dollar prize program designed to accelerate the adoption of SolarAPP+, an online platform that instantly issues permits for code-compliant residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Local governments that successfully adopt SolarAPP+ by April 27, 2023 can receive a $15,000 cash prize.

SolarAPP+ has been adopted by dozens of Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs). For local governments that have adopted SolarAPP+, projects are permitted and inspected about two weeks faster than average, saving time for employees and getting more solar energy online faster.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) will award prizes of $15,000 to local governments that successfully adopt or pilot SolarAPP+  over the coming months. The prize funding can help local governments lower the cost of the adoption process.


Step 1: Application 

To apply, interested AHJs (including counties, cities, and incorporated towns and villages) must submit an application with a letter of support to demonstrate their intent to adopt SolarAPP+, the impact it would have on their solar permitting process, and their need for the product and the SolarAPP+ Prize.

Reviewers will review the applications and select competitors to advance to the next stage of the competition.

Step 2: Adoption 

Eligible competitors will have five months to submit proof of SolarAPP+ adoption for the opportunity to win cash prizes. To win the prize, the AHJ must begin piloting the application with contractors in their community on or before April 27, 2023.

Interested participants can sign up and read the rules on the HeroX platform.


  • The program opened on September 12, 2022.
  • Step 1 submissions are due on November 4, 2022 at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Eligible competitors are expected to be announced in late November 2022.
  • Step 2 final submissions are due April 27, 2023 at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Winners are expected to be announced in May 2023.

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How the Inflation Reduction Act Makes it Easier to Go Solar — and Where it Falls Short

Author: Katie Kienbaum       Published: 9/5 /2022      ILSR

At a glance, the Inflation Reduction Act:

  • Can help about 10-15 million households go solar with rooftop panels and community solar farms.
  • Expands existing solar tax breaks for homeowners and businesses.
  • Incentivizes smaller, more equitable solar projects and enables nonprofits, cooperatives, and local governments to use the tax credits.
  • Creates the first ever national green bank to finance clean energy, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
  • Despite improvements, doesn’t do enough to make solar accessible to many low-income households and people of color most impacted by climate change and dirty energy.

Of the $369 billion the Inflation Reduction Act sets aside for climate and energy initiatives, incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, electric vehicles, and clean energy manufacturing are getting many of the headlines. Equally important is the new law’s substantial support for local solar deployment, such as rooftop solar panels and shared community solar farms. As the government implements the Inflation Reduction Act, directing available funding to equitable local solar projects will help maximize the law’s benefits for households and put power back in the hands of people, instead of monopoly energy utilities.

Notably, the law expands existing tax breaks to help lower the cost for people, organizations, and governments that go solar. It also creates the first-ever national green bank to help finance the clean energy transition. Other new grants and loans will help low-income households, rural businesses, affordable housing owners, and Tribal communities pay for solar installations.

ILSR advocated for some of these programs and policies as part of the 30 Million Solar Homes initiative. We estimate that these investments in the Inflation Reduction Act get us nearly halfway to our goal of one in four American households powered by rooftop or community solar — putting money directly in people’s pockets, slashing pollution, creating green jobs, and building local power. However, by not doing enough to prioritize environmental justice communities (of the total energy spending, just 13 percent is earmarked for disadvantaged communities, compared to the Biden-Harris administration’s 40 percent goal) and including harmful giveaways to the fossil fuel industry, the law marks only partial progress in bringing the benefits of local solar to all communities.

Expanded Tax Breaks Boost Local Solar

In a win for solar supporters, the Inflation Reduction Act restores and extends federal tax incentives for solar and other clean energy sources. Despite their flaws, these tax breaks — including the solar tax credit for homeowners (the Section 25D credit) and the solar Investment Tax Credit for commercial property (the Section 48 credit) — have been some of the most consequential federal policies for the United States solar industry. The new law resets the full value of both credits to 30 percent of project cost for systems installed in 2022 and makes the credits available for another ten years, before reducing their value and eventually eliminating the credits.

But the Inflation Reduction Act doesn’t just reinstate the existing solar tax credits as is. Other key changes in the law should help expand their impact in low-income communities and make them more accessible to nonprofit organizations, local governments, and rural electric cooperatives. The tables below highlight some of these key changes and discuss whether those changes increase solar access for more communities.


Residential Solar Tax Credit (Section 25D)

What’s New?

  • Renames it the “Clean Energy Credit”
  • Restores to 30%, starting for systems installed in 2022.
  • Extends through 2032, with reduced credits in 2033-34.
  • Makes standalone energy storage eligible for the first time.
Who’s Eligible?

  • Households
Is it Equitable?

  • NO: No option for direct pay or credit refundability limits benefits to households with higher tax liability and perpetuates racial and income inequities in rooftop solar adoption.


For homeowners, the solar tax credit will remain largely the same as it is now, though restored to the full 30 percent value. (Before the Act passed, it was at a reduced rate of 26 percent and in the process of phasing out.) In addition, the new law makes standalone energy storage eligible for the credit for the first time. This is going to be critical for residents in places like California or Hawai’i, where rooftop solar is already very common and regulators are considering cutting compensation for solar owners selling energy back to the grid.

Unfortunately, the Inflation Reduction Act fails to make changes that would make the residential solar tax breaks more accessible, perpetuating existing disparities in solar adoption. About seven in ten households don’t have enough tax liability to use the full value of the solar tax credit in the first year after they install solar panels. Of those, four in ten can’t benefit from the credit at all. 30 Million Solar Homes, Residential Renewables 4 All, and other coalitions advocated for a direct pay option that would allow these taxpayers to receive the credit value as a single payment, instead of just offsetting taxes owed. This provision did not make it into the new law, a huge blow for anyone who wants to increase equitable access to solar energy.

For more on the differences between direct pay, refundability, and the existing solar tax credit, check out this infographic.

The Inflation Reduction Act institutes many more changes to the solar Investment Tax Credit for commercial projects. This tax credit covers both local solar, in the form of community solar farms and rooftop solar panels installed by businesses, organizations, and other entities, as well as utility-scale solar installations. The table below covers some of the details, focusing on the ones that impact solar projects.


Commercial Solar Investment Tax Credit (Sections 48 and 48E)

What’s New?

  • Extends the existing credit (Section 48) through 2024.
  • Replaces with a technology-neutral “Clean Electricity Investment Credit” (new Section 48E), which is available until the later of 2032 OR the year greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation are 75% lower than 2022, at which point the credits begin to phase out.
  • Adjusts base credit value:
    • Before the Treasury Department develops guidelines, all solar projects are eligible for the 30% base credit.
    • After the Treasury Department develops guidelines, 30% base credit is available only for solar projects that are under 1 MW or that meet prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. All projects above 1 MW that fail to meet labor requirements receive a 6% base credit.
  • Creates various credit adders:
    • Up to 10% bonus credit for solar projects that meet domestic content requirements.
    • Up to 10% bonus credit for solar projects that are located in energy communities (defined as brownfield sites, communities with high fossil fuel employment and high unemployment, and/or communities with closed coal mines or coal-fired power plants).
    • Up to 10% bonus credit for solar projects under 5 MW located in low-income communities or on Indian land. (Application required — along with bonus credit below, total capacity limited to 1.8 GW per year.)
    • Up to 20% bonus credit for solar projects under 5 MW built as part of an affordable housing project or to benefit low-income households. (Application required — along with bonus credit above, total capacity limited to 1.8 GW per year.)
  • Makes standalone energy storage and microgrid controllers, as well as interconnection property, eligible.
  • Allows direct pay option for tax-exempt entities, such as schools, nonprofits, local governments, and electric cooperatives.
  • Makes it easier to transfer credits to partners with greater tax liability in exchange for a cash payment.
  • Allows solar projects to opt for a Production Tax Credit instead.
Who’s Eligible?

  • Businesses, organizations, institutions, and other entities.
  • Community solar projects.
  • Utility-scale (large, non-local) solar installations.
Is it Equitable?

  • YES: Higher base credits for projects under 1 MW and bonus credits for projects in low-income communities, Tribal lands, and energy communities could incentivize smaller and more equitable solar installations.
  • YES: A direct pay option for tax-exempt entities allows cooperatives and community-based organizations to benefit from the solar tax credit like for-profit developers already do.


The solar Investment Tax Credit now has a more elaborate system of credit levels, bonus credits, and requirements under the new law. In particular, changes to the base tax credit values ensure that rooftop solar for businesses and community solar projects under one megawatt will be able to access the full 30 percent credit, while larger utility-scale projects will have to meet additional standards. Plus, the new bonus credits should incentivize the development of more equitable solar projects that benefit local communities. If a small community solar farm meets the domestic content and siting requirements for various bonus credits, it could potentially receive a total tax credit worth up to 70 percent of project costs, which is a big lure for equitable community solar developers.

Importantly, the Inflation Reduction Act lets nonprofits, schools, local governments, cooperatives, and other tax-exempt entities access the solar Investment Tax Credit through a direct pay option. Because of this change, a school that installs rooftop solar panels or a rural electric co-op that invests in a solar farm can receive the financial incentive, without losing part of the credit value to a tax equity partner.

For commercial solar projects not eligible for the new direct pay option, the Inflation Reduction Act’s new “transferability” mechanism makes it easier to transfer or sell the tax credit to an entity with more tax appetite. This will hopefully expand the size of the market and reduce the credit value that Wall Street eats up, keeping more of the benefits for community solar developers and other businesses.

As the Treasury Department implements these changes to the commercial solar Investment Tax Credit — particularly as it establishes certain eligibility requirements and develops a program to allocate limited capacity bonus credits — it should work to prioritize local solar access for low-income and other disadvantaged communities, while ensuring bonus credits reward solar projects that create real benefits for local residents.

New Solar Funding Grows Access

In addition to the revamped tax credits, the Inflation Reduction Act includes grants and loan funding for clean energy projects, including local solar, in communities across the country. Many of these programs are new. Some funnel funding to particular groups that face barriers to local solar access, including low-income communities, environmental justice communities, rural areas, affordable housing owners, and Tribal communities.

The tables below include details on selected programs from the new law that community organizations and public officials can use to support local solar.


Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

What’s New?

  • Establishes a new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (i.e., a national green bank) at the EPA.
  • Provides $27 billion in total funding to the EPA to issue grants to governments and green banks, including:
    • $7 billion for financing and technical assistance for disadvantaged communities to deploy zero emissions technologies and conduct other greenhouse gas-reducing activities.
    • $11.97 billion for general assistance.
    • $8 billion for assistance in disadvantaged communities.
Who’s Eligible?

  • State, local, and Tribal governments.
  • Green banks.
  • Public or nonprofit entities that provide financing assistance, such as community lenders.
Is it Equitable?

  • YES: $15 billion total is reserved for disadvantaged communities.
  • YES: Financing for distributed rooftop technologies (e.g., rooftop solar) is explicitly an eligible use of funds.
  • YES: Green banks are able to offer lower-cost and more accessible financing to solar developers and households that want to go solar, making local solar more financially viable in low-income and low-wealth communities.


Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

What’s New?

  • Provides just over $2 billion in extra funding to REAP to provide grants and loan guarantees to rural businesses and agricultural producers for renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades. Almost half of the funding is allocated to the program starting in 2022.
  • Allows grants to cover 50% of project costs (currently 25%).
Who’s Eligible?

  • Rural businesses, farms, and agricultural producers.
Is it Equitable?

  • YES: Historically, much of the program funding has been used for local rooftop and ground-mount solar.
  • NO: The new law does not include any carveouts or incentives to award grants and loan guarantees to projects in disadvantaged communities or to underrepresented farmers, for example.


Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, and Climate Resilience for Affordable Housing

What’s New?

  • Provides $1 billion to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a new program to fund affordable housing upgrades, including:
    • $837.5 million for grants and loans (loan principal not to exceed $4 billion) to projects that improve energy or water efficiency, indoor air quality or sustainability; provide zero-emission electricity generation, energy storage, or building electrification; or address climate resilience.
Who’s Eligible?

  • Owners of federally assisted affordable housing.
Is it Equitable?

  • MAYBE: The new funding can be used to put solar on affordable housing, but there aren’t currently guarantees that it must directly benefit residents.


Tribal Electrification Program

What’s New?

  • Provides $150 million for a new Tribal electrification program to fund zero-emissions systems for unelectrified and electrified tribal homes and associated home repairs.
Who’s Eligible?

  • Tribal residents.
Is it Equitable?

  • YES: The new program can fund potentially both rooftop solar and community solar for Tribal residents. Tribal homes make up the majority of unelectrified homes in the United States, with up to 15,000 homes without electricity in Navajo Nation alone.


Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grants

What’s New?

  • Creates a new $3 billion block grant program at the EPA, with $2.8 billion reserved for grants.
  • Eligible projects benefit disadvantaged communities and include efforts that:
    • Address air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions;
    • Invest in zero-emissions technology;
    • Mitigate climate and health risks from extreme heat, urban heat islands, and wildfires;
    • Increase climate resiliency and adaptation;
    • And/or facilitate community engagement in public proceedings.
Who’s Eligible?

  • Community-based nonprofits.
  • Tribal or local governments, or an institution of higher education, in partnership with a community-based nonprofit.
Is it Equitable?

  • MAYBE: The new block grants can be used to fund various forms of local solar to benefit disadvantaged communities, but the EPA’s implementation of the program and the projects that communities choose to pursue will affect how much the program expands equitable access to solar.


In particular, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund promises a massive opportunity to expand local solar access. This is because of two main reasons: the program’s sheer size and the ability of green banks to leverage additional private investments. But how federal agencies decide to implement these new financing programs, like the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, will determine the extent to which investments in solar energy actually benefit low-income communities, environmental justice communities, and communities of color.

Maximizing Impact Through Equitable, Local Solar

Passing the Inflation Reduction Act gets us part of the way to 30 Million Solar Homes’ goal of powering one in four American homes with equitable rooftop and community solar. But it’s just the start of what’s needed to bring local solar to all Americans, no matter where they live, what they look like, or how much money they make.

The federal government must do more to expand access to solar power and to guarantee that at least 40 percent of clean energy investments benefit disadvantaged communities (which President Biden committed to doing under the Justice40 Initiative). Furthermore, we must work to limit the harm of Inflation Reduction Act provisions enabling fossil fuel leasing on public lands that are opposed by frontline environmental justice groups.

However, we still have time to make sure that the Inflation Reduction Act maximizes the deployment of equitable, local solar, bringing affordable energy, good jobs, and clean air to more Americans. As federal agencies begin to develop the clean energy programs and policies in the new law, solar advocates and community leaders have opportunities to shape implementation. For instance, they can push for agencies to prioritize solar projects that enable local ownership or that create direct energy cost savings for low-income households when awarding grants or tax credits, or to define rooftop and community solar as eligible uses of funds, to the extent allowed under the law.

The Inflation Reduction Act is a game-changer for the United States’ efforts to fight climate change and transition to clean energy. Including equitable, local solar in that transition will make sure it’s a game-changer for the pocketbooks of everyday Americans too, not just big energy monopolies.

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Solar Energy – More Affordable Than Some May Believe

Author: Kayla Benjamin        Published: August 31, 2022   WIN

Frank Cole stands on the back side of his house in northwest D.C. home, where solar panels are slightly visible on the roof. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

Frank Coles stands on the back side of his house in northwest D.C. home, where solar panels are slightly visible on the roof.

Frank Cole’s most recent electricity bill was $1.52. But before he installed solar panels on the roof of his Petworth home, he remembers paying upwards of $400 a month.

“We got a nice flat screen television, took a couple of vacations here and there,” Cole said, laughing while recalling what he and his wife have been able to do with the money they’ve saved.

“And we’re able to go out every now and then to get a bite to eat,” he said.

Cole installed rooftop panels four years ago through the city government’s Solar for All program, which helps income-qualifying households access solar energy at no cost. The program has options not only for homeowners like Cole but also for renters and people living in multi-family buildings.

Even for those who don’t qualify for Solar for All, an income-restricted program, District residents can save on energy by going solar – the city has one of the nation’s best solar energy markets.

But in D.C. as in the rest of the country, low-income residents and people of color have been disproportionately shut out of the solar market. Solar for All has helped address some of that inequity as Ward 8 now leads the District in solar energy production by megawatt.

But NAACP DC Branch President Akosua Ali pointed out that it’s only part of the solution.

“Solar for All is really designed for low- to moderate-income households within the District, so it neglects addressing the middle class,” Ali said. “Without providing affordable solar solutions to middle class residents, it further exacerbates the Black wealth gap.”

Solar energy, like many home improvement investments, perpetuates wealth inequality because households with capital to spend on the upfront cost of installation end up saving money over time. However, the cost of solar panels has plummeted in the last decade and options exist for nearly anyone to tap into solar energy opportunities, even if purchasing panels outright isn’t in the cards.

Solar for All

Sylvie Simo, a Cameroonian immigrant and former nurse, counts as another homeowner who received free solar panels as part of the Solar for All program after struggling with energy bills as high as $500 a month.

“I have two children who have asthma, so when it’s too hot, they cannot stay without air conditioning,” Simo said. “My A/C was on 24 hours a day.”

Joining Solar for All in 2020 granted Simo’s family breathing room and now her energy bills have dropped to less than $100 a month.

Currently, about 6,500 District residents participate in Solar for All, and the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) hopes to reach 100,000 total households by 2032. But most of those enrollees won’t be single-family homeowners like Cole and Simo. The Solar for All program also offers renters access to “community solar” where subscribers receive cheaper energy from shared solar facilities located throughout the District.

“Anyone with a Pepco account can receive solar benefits because we’re all connected into the same system,” DOEE Energy Program Specialist Jennifer Johnston said.

Just like participants in the single-family side of Solar for All, community solar subscribers pay nothing to join and save roughly $500 a year on their energy bills. The income limit to qualify for Solar for All depends on household size but starts at $79,500 for a single-person household or $91,100 for a 2-person one. Qualifying for certain other benefits also makes residents eligible for Solar for All (the complete list can be found on DOEE’s website).

Private Community Solar Option for Renters 

As Ali pointed out, most D.C. government efforts to help households access solar energy focus on low-income residents only. But privately-run community solar options exist outside of Solar for All in both the District and Maryland, though they don’t usually knock off nearly as much money from users’ bills.

“The way it works is that customers subscribe to a local solar project and then as that project generates power, they earn credits on their bill,” said Richard Caperton, vice president of policy and market development at clean energy software firm Arcadia.

In Arcadia’s community solar model, subscribers’ monthly fee is calculated as a percentage of what users saved on their energy bill.

“So, if the customer gets $100 in credits, they would pay, say, $90 for the month,” Caperton said.

Different community solar programs will have different payment structures and as with any subscription, consumers should read contracts carefully before signing up. Groups like EnergySage and Solar United Neighbors offer online resources and free consultations to help people understand solar contracts. 

Our new report dropped today: “Deactivated: How Electric Utilities Turned Off the Data-Sharing Features of 14 Million Smart Meters”

Author: Anya Schoolman    Published: 9/12/2022

Our new report dropped today: “Deactivated: How Electric Utilities Turned Off the Data-Sharing Features of 14 Million Smart Meters” A
We paid for it through taxes, and electric bills. It is our data and we should have access to it!

Quote Tweet:   Mission:data@mission_data

Non-profit tech coalition promoting standards-based energy data portability. Innovation in software, renewables and energy efficiency!


US DOE: JUSTIC WEEK September 14 – 16 2022

Author: Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Staff   Published: 9/10/22   DOE

Welcome to Justice Week, and Executive Order 14035 on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.
US Dept of Energy

Day 3- Wednesday, September 14 (Open to the Public! Virtual Only): Join DOE and external stakeholders as we discuss DOE’s Equity Action Plan and how we can advance racial equity and provide support for underserved communities.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 9:00am-12:30pm




9:00 Opening Remarks David M. Turk, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
9:15 Introduction to the DOE Equity Action Plan Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
9:45 Equity Action Plan Townhall

The purpose of this session is to connect with external stakeholders for a “temperature check”. The anticipated outcome is to get feedback about how DOE Stakeholder Engagement efforts can be optimized and how to make the Equity Action Plan is living working plan.

Toya Bligen, Senior Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Advisor,  Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility, U.S. Department of Energy
10:45 Panel: Equity in Procurement

This panel will cover best practices in achieving equity in procurement and will dive into a discussion around interagency collaboration and ways to get Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs engaged.

Chad Maisel, Director of Racial and Economic Justice, Domestic Policy Council

Ron Pierce, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Energy

Miguel Estien, Acting National Director, Minority Business Development Agency

Shalaya Morissette, Chief, Minority Business and Workforce Division, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

Moderated by: Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

11:30 Panel: Stakeholder Engagement Roundtable

This panel will be a discussion around diverse entrepreneurship and the role of Minority Serving Institutions in addressing the need for more People of Color in the clean energy sector.

Natasha Campbell, HBCU Clean Energy Coalition

Walter McLeod, Founder and Managing Director of Eco Capitol Companies

Cherie Brooks, President/CEO and Visionary Co-Founder of Power52 Foundation

Dr. Mansoureh Jeihani, Professor, Department of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies, Morgan State

Moderated by: Kerene Tayloe, Consultant, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

12:15 Closing Remarks Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy


Day 5- Friday, September 16 (Open to the Public! Virtual Only): Join us and Secretary Granholm for the final day of Justice Week as we discuss Justice40 and meaningful community engagement with external stakeholders. Also featuring special guest Xiye Bastida!

Friday, September 16, 2022, 10:00am-3:30pm




10:00 Welcome Sonrisa Lucero, Special Advisor on Stakeholder Engagement, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
10:03 Opening Remarks Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
10:10 Keynote Panel: Meeting the Moment – A Conversation on Environmental Justice

Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Director Shalanda H. Baker will lead a conversation with prominent environmental justice leaders about “Meeting the Moment.”  We have a rare constellation of opportunities that are providing unprecedented investments, policy actions and programming that seek to achieve justice for disadvantaged communities as we transform the energy system.  This is not without challenge as not all investments are seen as supportive of this mission and there are systemic inequities to overcome.  In this conversation, hear how these leaders see DOE, disadvantaged communities and the nation overcoming these challenges to capture this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Denise Fairchild, President Emeritus, Emerald Cities Collaborative

Ruth Santiago, Queremos Sol

Dr. Kyle Whyte, George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Angelina Benson-Glanz, Director, New Market Initiatives at Elevate (TBC)

Jacqui Patterson, Founder and Executive Director, The Chisholm Legacy Project: A Resource Hub for Black Frontline Climate Justice Leadership (TBC)

Moderated by: Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

11:00 am  Justice40 and BIL, IRA, and DPA: A Constellation of Opportunity

Three major act of legislation and two executive orders have created a “Constellation of Opportunity,” providing billions of dollars to the DOE to significantly invest in slowing the climate crisis and giving clear policy directives to integrate justice into that work, centering frontline communities.  This session will discuss the opportunity the following actions have provided:

  • Executive Order 14008, that mandated the Justice40 Initiative (J40),
  • the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL),
  • the invocation of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate domestic manufacturing of clean energy technology,
  • the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and
  • the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America (CHIPS) Act. 
Dr. Tony Reames, Deputy Director for Energy Justice, Office of Energy Justice Policy and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

Gina Coplon-Newfield, Chief of Staff, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Energy

11:30  Justice40 Deep Dive
This round-robin session will explore specific elements of how DOE is implementing Justice40 and how external stakeholders, with special attention to disadvantaged communities, can get engaged.
11:30 Justice40 Initiative General Guidance 

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity has issued a General Guidance document for the Justice40 Initiative that explains the basics of how to apply it across all projects and programming.  This session will review the guidance and answer common questions about the initiative.

James Strange, Consultant, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
11:40 Competitive Grants 101: The Basics for How to Apply and Engage

What is an RFI, NOI, FOA, Merit Reviewer, and SAM Number? Why would anyone care?  This session will review the process for applying for funding from the DOE and primary ways to engage the DOE on shaping a project’s design and outcomes.

Jennifer Jacobi, Product Manager, Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy
11:55 Community Engagement and Competitive Grants

Community Benefits Plan and Community Benefits Agreements

Kerene Tayloe, Consultant, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

Daryl Wright (TBC)

12:15 Q&A Moderated by Sonrisa Lucero
12:30 Lunch/Brunch Break  
1:00  Keynote Xiye Bastida, Youth Climate Activist
1:30  Panel: Community-Led Energy Justice Solutions Panelists:
Highland Park Community Crisis Coalition (HPC3) (Highland Park, Michigan)

Little Manila Rising (Stockton, California)

Louisville, KY

Knoxville SEEED

Moderated by: Kate Gordon (TBC)

2:25 Facilitated Stretch Break  
2:30 Getting Ready to Apply

Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers

Katrina Pielli, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
2:45 State and Community Energy Programs Overview

What opportunities are available to us?

Chris Castro, Chief of Staff, Office of State and Community Energy Program, U.S. Department of Energy (TBC)
3:10 Q&A Moderated by Sonrisa Lucero
3:20 Closing Remarks Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
3:30 Webinar Ends  

White House Intergovernmental Affairs Week of September 4, 2022

Author Staff White House Intergovernmental Affairs   Published: 9/5/2022     WHIA

Statement by President Biden onManufacturing in America

This week’s announcement by Micron is another big win for America.  Just this week, we’ve seen First Solar, Toyota, Honda, and Corning make major announcements of new investments and new jobs as a direct result of my economic plan.  In our future, we will make EVs, chips, fiber optics, and other critical components here in America, and we will have an economy built from the bottom up and middle out.

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Launches the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative to Create Equitable, Debt-Free Pathways to High-Paying Jobs 

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the launch of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative, a national network of more than 200 employers and industry organizations, labor organizations, educators, workforce intermediaries, and community-based organizations who are committed to strengthening and diversifying Registered Apprenticeship. Registered Apprenticeship is a high-quality, debt-free, equitable “earn and learn” model with a nationally recognized credential system that helps employers hire a more demographically diverse workforce and provides workers with on-the-job learning experience, job-related instruction with a mentor, and a clear pathway to a good-paying job. The Apprenticeship Ambassadors have existing Registered Apprenticeship programs in over 40 in-demand industries and have committed to expand and diversify these programs over the next year by collectively: developing 460 new Registered Apprenticeship programs across their 40 industries, hiring over 10,000 new apprentices, and holding 5,000 outreach, promotional, and training events to help other business, labor, and education leaders launch similar programs. 

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative will have long-lasting and mutually beneficial economic benefits for both workers and employers. About 93 percent of workers who complete Registered Apprenticeships gain employment and earn an annual average starting wage of $77,000. Registered Apprenticeships also help employers attract, train, and retain a skilled and diverse workforce and reap a $1.47 return for every dollar spent on Registered Apprenticeships. The Initiative will help to ensure there is a skilled, diverse workforce to implement the President’s economic agenda – including tackling the supply chain challenge and filling new clean energy jobs created by the Inflation Reduction Act, manufacturing and technology jobs created by the CHIPS and Science Act, infrastructure jobs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and roles in other high-demand sectors like health care and cybersecurity.Please find the full Fact Sheet here

President Biden to Announce 21 Winners of $1 Billion American Rescue Plan Regional Challenge
Funding Provides Regional Investments to Transform Local Economies, Create Good-Paying Jobs, Jumpstart Emerging Industries, and Prepare Workforce for the Future

This week, President Biden announced the 21 winners of the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, the most impactful regional economic development competition in decades. Funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and administered by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Regional Challenge provides each award winner funding to rebuild regional economies, promote inclusive and equitable recovery, and create thousands of good-paying jobs in industries of the future such as clean energy, next-generation manufacturing, and biotechnology.

Awardees span 24 states and will receive between $25 million and $65 million to execute transformational projects and revitalize local industries. Projects include developing workforce training programs and connecting workers to jobs; providing support to family-owned manufacturers to transition from traditional automotives to electric vehicles; establishing a digital finance sector to support small businesses in Tribal communities; providing digital resources to small farms; renovating and repurposing industrial buildings for new businesses; rebuilding pharmaceutical supply chains in the U.S. to lower drug costs; building advanced manufacturing centers for testing and training; deploying solar energy on former coal land; and more. Additionally, private sector companies and local organizations are investing an additional $300 million in these local projects.

Equity was a key consideration for project finalists, with a focus on rural, Tribal, and coal communities, as well as communities facing high and persistent poverty. Funding awards include $87 million to two primarily Tribal coalitions and, as part of EDA’s $300 million Coal Community Commitment, over $150 million for projects serving energy communities impacted by the declining use of fossil fuels. These grants will support 236 rural counties, 136 persistent poverty counties, and 121 counties that include Tribal areas.Please find the full Fact Sheet here

Public Safety Day of Action on September 7th
President Biden knows what works to make our communities safer: investing in community policing andcrime prevention. We need to invest in mental health and substance use treatment services, crisis responders, and social workers to reduce the burden on police officers, connect people with community resources, and prevent violent crime. We need to expand community violence interventions – led by trusted messengers breaking the cycle of violence and trauma. We need to enforce our commonsense gun laws, require background checks for all gun sales in order to keep firearms out of the hands of felons and domestic abusers, and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – weapons of war that have no place in our communities.

President Biden has taken action to make our communities safer during his first 18 months in office. He has funded the police and issued an Executive Order to improve police accountability. President Biden has taken more executive action to tackle gun violence than any other president at this point in their Administration, including by reining in the proliferation of ghost guns and cracking down on gun traffickers and rogue gun dealers. President Biden is the first president in nearly 30 years to bring together Members of Congress from both parties to take action on gun violence, signing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The President also secured Senate confirmation of career prosecutor Steve Dettelbach to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), empowering this law enforcement agency with its first confirmed leader since 2015. And, the President has made unprecedented investments in community-led crime prevention and intervention.

The President believes we can and must do more to reduce crime and save lives. On July 21, President Biden announced his Safer America Plan to build on the progress he has made to reduce gun violence.

Make a Commitment in Time for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on September 28th
The Biden-Harris Administration has set the goal of ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity by 2030 so fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases.  Achieving this goal will require everyone working together. As part of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the Administration is encouraging stakeholders to make their own commitments that will allow us to collectively achieve this goal.We need your help! Make a commitment with the goal of ending hunger, and increasing healthy eating, or physical activity in your community.  Commitments should: 
  • Be big and bold (e.g., result in systemic, long-term change and meaningfully move the dial to end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases);
  • Help eliminate disparities and support individuals and communities that are most impacted by hunger and diet-related diseases;
  • Be innovative and test new models;
  • Scale up evidence-based strategies to a national level; and
  • Go beyond what the federal government can do.
Everyone can make a commitment.  If you are interested in making a commitment, please complete this formBelow are a few examples of potential commitments. Click here for more examples.

  • Pillar 1: Improve Food Access and Affordability 
    • A state/local government funds a year-round mobile produce market, particularly in areas with limited food access.
  • Pillar 2: Integrate Nutrition and Health
    • Implement worker wellness programs for state, local, or tribal government employees.
  • Pillar 3: Empower All Consumers to Make and Have Access to Healthy Choices
    • Provide nutrition incentives to SNAP recipients to purchase healthy food, such as increasing the purchasing power of SNAP recipients at farmers markets.
    • Create tax incentives for urban agriculture and community gardens.
  • Pillar 4: Support Physical Activity for All 
    • States/localities establish more rigorous physical education requirements in schools to help students meet physical activity guidelines.
    • A local health department commits to having urban planners/designers and public health nutrition experts on staff.
    • City bike share companies subsidize their membership costs for individuals with lower-incomes.
  • Pillar 5: Enhance Nutrition and Food Security Research 
    • Enter into data sharing agreements with governments, universities, think tanks, etc. to provide administrative data about program utilization (example: school lunches, participation in after-school sports, utilization of food banks)

Feel free to send any questions to

Virtual Briefing Hosted by NOAA 

DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 4:00 PM ETREGISTRATION: Please register for the briefing hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.ABOUT:The Climate Ready Coasts initiative will invest $1.467 billion to help coastal communities build the future they want to see, including natural infrastructure to increase resilience to climate change and extreme weather events. The initiative will be administered and implemented by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) existing programs. The Climate Ready Coasts initiative will increase resilience through landscape-scale habitat restoration in coastal ecosystems nationwide and promote coastal resilience in underserved coastal communities as well as those most vulnerable to climate impacts.SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Richard Spinrad, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator
  • Carrie Selberg Robinson, Director, NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation
  • Joelle Gore, Stewardship Division Chief, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management
  • Nancy Wallace, Director, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program
  • Joshua Brown, NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office
  • Betsy Nicholson, North Regional Director, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management
Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Actions to Strengthen Teaching Profession and Help Schools Fill Vacancies

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing new efforts to strengthen the teaching profession and support schools in their effort to address teacher shortages as the new school year begins. This announcement includes new commitments from leading job platforms to make it easier for Americans to find opportunities in the education field, and new initiatives from teachers unions and national and state organizations to expand high-quality pathways into the profession for future teachers.

The $130 billion in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan directed to the nation’s K-12 schools have allowed school districts across the country to invest in teacher pipeline programs, increase compensation for teachers, and hire more professionals across the education workforce. ARP funding has helped school districts increase the number of school social workers by 54%, increase the number of school counselors by 22% and increase the number of school nurses by 22% compared to years prior to the pandemic. Today’s announcements reflect additional steps by the Administration and leaders across sectors to continue to tackle this challenge.

This week, First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary Cardona, Secretary Walsh, Ambassador Rice, the executive leadership of ZipRecruiter, Handshake, and Indeed, and leaders from the National Governors Association, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education will convene in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the staffing challenges schools are facing, these new actions, and additional ways that the federal government, state and local governments, education organizations and the private sector can strengthen the teaching profession.

Talent Industry Announces New Commitments to Help School Districts Source Talent and Help More Americans Find Jobs in Schools.

This week, leading talent recruitment and job platforms are announcing a series of new actions to make it easier for states and school districts to source, recruit, and hire job seeking teachers and school professionals, and to help more Americans find jobs in education:

  • ZipRecruiter is launching a new online job portal specifically dedicated to K-12 school jobs. This portal will showcase job openings across public schools throughout the United States, including teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, social workers, mental health counselors, librarians, and more. Schools, districts, and states can partner with ZipRecruiter to have their open roles included for free.
  • Handshake will help college students explore careers in education. In October 2022, Handshake will host a nationwide free virtual event to help current undergraduate students learn about pathways in the field of education, including teachers, guidance counselors, school mental health specialists, and school psychologists.
  • Indeed is announcing that it will facilitate virtual hiring fairs for educators throughout the country. These events will specifically focus on the hiring of teachers, administrators, counselors, and other staff. Participating entities will gain access to Indeed’s free suite of hiring tools to manage the end-to-end hiring process, from job postings through interviews.

Biden Administration Announces New Actions and Highlights Resources to Strengthen the Educator Pipeline and Address Shortages.

This week, the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a joint letter to state and local education and workforce leaders encouraging them to take a series of actions to address teacher and school staff shortages and invest in the teaching profession, including:

  • Paying teachers a livable and competitive wage. Secretaries Cardona and Walsh are encouraging governors and district leaders to use American Rescue Plan’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds and the $350 billion in State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds to increase teacher pay.
  • Expanding high-quality programs that prepare and support teachers, including registered teacher apprenticeship programs. DOL is committing to prioritize the education sector in future apprenticeship funding, including its next round of over $100 million in apprenticeship grants, which will provide critical support for states and other partners looking to start and expand teacher apprenticeship programs. Students need qualified teachers who are prepared to teach them, and who reflect the diversity of our students. Teachers need affordable pathways into the profession. 
AmeriCorps invites you to honor, serve, and unite on this September 11th Day of Service

In just one month, the country will mark more than 20 years since the attacks of September 11 with the National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, AmeriCorps invites you to honor those we lost by uniting in service to rekindle the spirit of unity that swept our nation after that tragic day.  Through service, we can come together across divides, differences, and ideologies. We can stand together and lift each other up, neighborhood by neighborhood, just as Americans did more than 20 years ago. AmeriCorps invites you to honor, serve, and unite on this September 11th Day of Service.

  • Serve on 9/11. Demonstrate the spirit of unity in your community by volunteering in honor of September 11 and invite someone from a different party, ideology, or background to serve with you. Share your service experience on social media using the hashtag #911Day.
  • Encourage your constituents to serve. Invite your constituents to volunteer in their communities by encouraging service on social media, in your newsletters, or other communications channels. Sample messages, graphics, and more are available in our 9/11 Day of Service Toolkit.  
  • Issue a proclamation. Issue a proclamation in your community to honor the 21st Anniversary. A sample proclamation is available in our 9/11 Day of Service Toolkit.

For more information or support getting involved, visit the September 11th Day of Service site or contact AmeriCorps Government Relations team at

White House Monkeypox Response Team Announces New Plans to Support Large LGBTQI+ Events and Equity Interventions to Reach Communities at Highest Risk of Contracting the Virus

This week, the White House National Monkeypox Response team announced new actions the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to combat the monkeypox (MPV) outbreak and protect individuals most at risk of contracting the virus. The Administration is providing additional vaccines and support to states and cities holding events that convene large groups of LGBTQI+ individuals.

White House announces plans to provide additional vaccine and support to Louisiana, Georgia, and California in advance of events attracting large numbers of LGBTQI+ individuals.The White House, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been working closely with state and local governments and health leaders to prepare for upcoming events attracting large numbers of LGBTQI+ individuals, including Southern Decadence in New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta Black Pride in Atlanta, Georgia; and Pridefest in Oakland, California. As part of a pilot program announced earlier this month, the Biden-Harris Administration is making additional vaccines available to these jurisdictions and providing additional support on the ground, including increased access to testing and other prevention resources. Details on these plans include:

Southern Decadence, New Orleans, Louisiana: September 1-5, 2022The Administration will supply Louisiana with up to 6,000 additional doses of vaccine by replenishing their stock of vaccine with the number of doses administered leading up to and during Southern Decadence events. These additional vaccines are supporting 12 community vaccination events being held at a variety of locations across New Orleans and the surrounding area leading up to Southern Decadence. In addition to these events, CDC is supporting the Louisiana and New Orleans health departments on a large-scale vaccination event on site during the festival. The site will provide COVID-19 and MPV vaccinations as well as HIV and STI testing.

Atlanta Black Pride, Atlanta, Georgia: September 2-4, 2022The Administration will supply Georgia with up to 5,500 additional doses of vaccine by replenishing their stock of vaccine with the number of doses administered leading up to and during Black Pride events in Atlanta. In anticipation of Black Pride, Atlanta and the surrounding counties, including Fulton County, DeKalb County, Cobb County, and Gwinnett County, have been holding routine vaccination clinics over the last week. Starting this week and continuing through the weekend, the Georgia Department of Health in conjunction with the surrounding county health departments and community partners, will continue routine vaccination in clinics and support 12 additional vaccination events across Atlanta and the broader metro area.

Oakland Pride and Pridefest, Oakland, California: September 4 and 11, 2022The Administration will also supply additional vaccine and support to Oakland and California as part of the Special Events vaccine pilot program.

Oakland, California will receive an additional 2,400 doses of vaccine to prepare for Pride and Pridefest events on September 4th and 11th by replenishing California’s stock of vaccine with the number of doses administered around Oakland Pride and Pridefest events.

Please see the full Fact Sheet here

The DOT Navigator 
The DOT Navigator is a new resource from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help communities understand the best ways to apply for grants, and to plan for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services. Whether it’s the first time you’re applying for a DOT grant or you’re looking for more technical details and guidance, the DOT Navigator can help get you started.Learn more here:  DOT Navigator
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program
The U.S. Department of Education has implemented temporary changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program rules that make it easier for federal student loan borrowers to receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify for forgiveness. These changes end on Oct. 31, 2022. Millions of government and private, non-profit employees have federal student loans and may now be eligible for loan forgiveness or additional credit toward forgiveness under these time-limited PSLF changes. We need your help to spread the word about PSLF and ensure all those who are eligible have access to this loan forgiveness and know what they need to do to apply.  Please continue to encourage participation by:

  1. Amplifying the PSLF program on social media.
  1. Sharing the new White House PSLF site at with your networks, and employees.
  1. Sending a personal email to your staff/networks  to promote the PSLF program.

The PSLF website includes a simple 3-Step Eligibility Tool that borrowers can use to determine eligibility, a one-page explainer document for borrowers, and social media graphics that you can use. Help us promote this opportunity leading up to the October 31 deadline. Please share any actions you plan to take with us.

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces the Application Period for Spring Session of the White House Internship Program
President Biden and Vice President Harris are announcing this week that the application period for the Spring session of the White House Internship Program opened on Monday, August 29th. The session will begin in January 2023.

The White House Internship Program is a public service leadership and development program that provides emerging leaders with an opportunity to gain valuable skills while supporting the work of the White House and furthering the priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration. This program provides paid internships across the Executive Office of the President. Interns participating in the White House Internship Program will support the White House Office and the Office of the Vice President.

Program participants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years or older before the first day of the Program, and meet at least one of the three following criteria:

  1. Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two- to four-year institution)
  2. Graduated from an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (two- to four-year institution) no more than two years prior to the first day of the Program
  3. A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, no more than two years prior to the first day of the Program

The application period for the Spring 2023 session will open on Monday, August 29th and close on Friday, September 23rd.

Interested candidates can find the Program’s online application at The website also features additional information about the Program, including a “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

Prospective candidates with questions about the Program, as well as college/university administrators, faculty, campus leadership, and others interested in more information to share with their communities can reach out to the White House Internship Program team at

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Author:  Jackie Torok          Published: 8/3/2022          NC A&T Research and Economic Development

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Chancellor Martin with Greensboro Mayor Nancy VaughnEAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2022) – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced a $23.7 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on Wednesday to create STEPs4GROWTH, a clean energy workforce training program.

North Carolina A&T’s portion of the overall $500 million Good Jobs Challenge, which is funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, is the largest among the 32 worker-centered, industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country and is single-largest award the university has received for research.

“Through this important project, North Carolina A&T will play a leading role in preparing well-trained workers to fill the many skilled jobs in America’s rapidly growing clean energy sector,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “The prescient work of A&T engineering faculty and principal investigators on this grant, Balakrishna Gokaraju and Greg Monty, has culminated in a novel program for delivering education credentials through stackable certificates.

“Their training program will contribute significantly to preparing the highly skilled clean energy workforce of the future.”

STEPs4GROWTH will create quality, demand-driven training for the region’s growing clean energy sector. With a focus on equity, the program will use mobile training units in 16 economically distressed North Carolina counties to remove barriers to access and deliver training where workers are. STEPS4GROWTH will serve as a national training model that will create a diverse talent pipeline to support the economy.

“This is the first-ever Commerce Department initiative where we are totally focused on job training,” said Raimondo. “That’s what this is about – real jobs, family-sustaining jobs that everybody can get.”

Joining Raimondo on the A&T campus for the historic announcement were Assistant U.S. Commerce Secretary for Economic Development Alejandra Castillo, Congresswoman Alma Adams ‘68, Gov. Roy Cooper, N.C. Secretary of Commerce Machelle Baker Sanders, N.C. Department of Revenue Secretary Ronald Penny, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Elizabeth Biser, state Sen. Gladys Robinson and Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughn.

Business leaders from Duke Energy, Siemens Energy, Piedmont Services Group, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association were also on hand.

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“We are on the cutting edge of the clean energy economy,” said Cooper, noting North Carolina’s ranking by CNBC and Business Facilities magazine as the top state in the country to do business. “This transformative grant will invest in our state’s diverse workforce as we continue to create high-paying clean energy jobs and bolster North Carolina A&T’s reputation as a national leader in preparing students for the economy of the future.”

A part of the project, more than 40 employers – including Strata Clean Energy, Enviva, Siemens, Duke and Blue Ridge Power – have committed to hiring 3,000 STEPs4GROWTH trainees over four years, then 1,500 trainees every year afterward.

“I’m happy to pick up the baton here because, as y’all already know, our national champion Aggies know how to run a relay,” joked Adams, referring to A&T’s national championship 4×400 men’s relay team. “As the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, I know the power of partnerships with our historically Black colleges and universities. Few institutions are so critical, so central to their communities and their alumni, so HBCUS are a perfect place to build lasting relationships to unlock opportunity.”

The 32 awardee projects were selected from a competitive pool of 509 applicants. By partnering with stakeholders such as labor unions, community colleges and industry, these projects will solve for local talent needs, increase the supply of trained workers and help workers secure jobs in 15 key industries that are essential to U.S. supply chains, global competitiveness, and regional development. Through a holistic, integrated partnership approach, these projects will provide tangible opportunities and security for American workers, focusing on serving and supporting a broad range of underserved communities and connecting workers with the training, skills, and support services needed to successfully secure a good job.

“The Good Jobs Challenge is bringing together diverse partners and local leaders to advance workforce training programs across the country,” said Castillo. “Led by North Carolina A&T, the nation’s largest historically Black college and university, this program is bringing together education and clean energy employers to create an effective, inclusive workforce training program.”

“We are on a mission to make sure that every American – regardless of where they live or the color of their skin, how old they are, whether they are in recovery, formerly incarcerated – has a chance to get a real job,” said Raimondo. “You guys are working together as a team. When we sit down to say, ‘Where do we want to invest the money?’ we keep coming back here [to North Carolina] because we trust your stewardship. So let’s make this great.”

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Not One African American Run Nonprofit or Institution Selected in 21 Coalitions Awarded ‘Build Back Better Regional Challenge’ Grants

Author: US EDA Staff       Published: 9/2/2022      EDA

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Build Back Better Regional Challenge

21 Regional Coalitions Awarded American Rescue Plan ‘Build Back Better Regional Challenge’ Grants

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the 21 winners of EDA’s $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC) – the marquee initiative of EDA’s American Rescue Plan programs and the most impactful regional economic development competition in decades. [CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE]

The 21 winners – each a regional coalition of partnering entities – will receive awards between $25 and $65 million to implement an average of six projects that together will rebuild regional economies, promote inclusive and equitable recovery, and create thousands of good-paying jobs in industries of the future including clean energy, next-generation manufacturing, and biotechnology.

The BBBRC is an unprecedented competitive federal grant program that provides each regional coalition with significant funding to tackle a wide variety of projects – including entrepreneurial support, infrastructure, workforce development, and innovation – to drive inclusive economic growth. The projects aim to develop and strengthen regional industry clusters – all while embracing economic equity, creating good-paying jobs, and enhancing U.S. competitiveness globally.

The coalition lead for each winner is listed below. (*Grant amounts are approximate)

Central Valley Community Foundation (California)

Coalition Name: F3 – Fresno-Merced Future of Food

Grant Amount: $65.1 million

City of Manchester (New Hampshire)

The BioFabrication Cluster

Grant Amount: $44 million

Coalfield Development (West Virginia)

Coalition Name: Appalachian Climate Technologies (ACT Now) Initiative

Grant Amount: $62.8 million

Detroit Regional Partnership Foundation (Michigan)

Coalition Name: Global Epicenter of Mobility

Grant Amount: $52.2 million

Empire State Development (New York)

Coalition Name: Western New York’s Advanced Manufacturing Cluster

Grant Amount: $25 million

Four Bands Community Fund (South Dakota)

Coalition Name: Mountain | Plains Regional Native CDFI Coalition

Grant Amount: $45 million

Georgia Tech Research Corporations (Georgia)

Coalition Name: GA-AIM

Grant Amount: $65 million

Greater New Orleans Development Foundation (Louisiana)

Coalition Name: H2theFuture

Grant Amount: $50 million

Greater St. Louis, Inc. (Missouri)

Coalition Name: St. Louis Tech Triangle

Grant Amount: $25 million

Indian Nations Council of Governments (Oklahoma)

Coalition Name: Tulsa Regional Advanced Mobility Cluster

Grant Amount: $39 million

Invest Nebraska Corporation (Nebraska)

Coalition Name: Heartland Robotics Cluster

Grant Amount: $25 million

North Carolina Biotechnology Center (North Carolina)

Coalition Name: Accelerate NC – Life Sciences Manufacturing

Grant Amount: $25 million

Oklahoma City Economic Development Foundation (Oklahoma)

Coalition Name: Oklahoma Biotech Innovation Cluster Initiative

Grant Amount: $35 million

Osceola County Board of County Commissioners (Florida)

Coalition Name: Building Central Florida’s Semiconductor Cluster for Broad-Based Prosperity

Grant Amount: $50.8 million

Port of Portland (Oregon)

Coalition Name: Oregon Mass Timber Coalition

Grant Amount: $41.4 million

Southeast Conference (Alaska)

Coalition Name: Alaska Mariculture Cluster

Grant Amount: $49 million

Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative (Pennsylvania)

Coalition Name: Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative

Grant Amount: $62.7 million

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton (New York)

Coalition Name: New Energy New York

Grant Amount: $63.7 million

The University of Texas at El Paso (Texas)

Coalition Name: West Texas A&D Cluster

Grant Amount: $40 million

Virginia Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority (Activation Capital) (Virginia)

Coalition Name: Virginia Advanced Pharma Manufacturing (APM) and R&D

Grant Amount: $52.9 million

Wichita State University (Kansas)

Coalition Name: South Kansas Coalition

Grant Amount: $51.4 million

The 21 BBBRC winners were chosen from 60 EDA-designated finalists that each received approximately $500,000 in funding and gained technical assistance to continue developing their cluster strategies. Those 60 finalists were chosen from a Phase 1 applicant pool of 529 applications, which exemplifies the tremendous demand for transformational economic development. EDA will continue to support all 60 finalists with the creation of a Community of Practice that will provide technical support, foster connectedness with peer regions, and build capacity.

Click here for a Fact Sheet about the awardees

369 billion The Inflation Reduction Act recently signed by President Bident to combat climate change.

Author: AEE Staff        Published: 9/1/2022      AEE Webinars 

In a new video interview, Extra Credit: How the Inflation Reduction Act Expands Tax Equity Opportunities, AEE CEO Nat Kreamer – a pioneer of tax equity financing – talks with Communications Director Adam Winer about the tax credits extended, expanded, and changed in key ways in the Inflation Reduction Act. Notably, these tax credits will now be available as direct payments to non-taxpaying groups (nonprofits, governments, tribal entities) and “transferable” for all – reducing dependence on Wall Street for monetizing the credits and expanding the market for advanced energy finance.

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