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Partner Clean Energy Business Opportunities

DOE Energyshed: Exploring Place-Based Generation

Issued By: US Department of Energy (DOE)
Topic Areas: electric generation, technology, energy efficiency,
Application Deadline: August 1, 2022 at 5pm EST

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a new $10 million funding opportunity, Energyshed: Exploring Place‐Based Generation, to develop tools and processes to assess the impacts of electricity generated and used within a local geographic area.

These tools will empower stakeholders to make informed decisions about using locally generated electricity and can enable more reliable, resilient, efficient, and affordable power system that can identify inequities in the distribution of cost and benefits across energy systems. Projects will incorporate local data relevant to the environmental, economic, and equity attributes of the power system, and will develop tools that are easy to use for a wide array of non-technical audiences.

Empowering local stakeholders with the knowledge to understand and shape their “energyshed”—the area in which their energy is produced and used—will help to advance energy justice, decarbonize the nation’s economy, and create high-quality local jobs.

Successful projects will use economic and grid analyses and integrate the results with dashboards, applications, and other novel methods.

DOE expects to make two to five awards under this funding opportunity, each ranging from $2 to $5 million. DOE seeks a diverse set of applicants, including universities, research and development centers, individuals, and civil society organizations.

DOE encourages the participation of underserved communities and underrepresented groups. As part of the application, applicants should describe how they will incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives in the project.

Webinar

DOE will host an informational webinar on June 22 at 2:00pm ET.

Learn more about this funding opportunity and other open funding opportunities within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Request for Proposals RFP) for Statewide Energy Consumption Analysis

Issued By: Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA)
Topic Areas: weatherization, energy efficiency, building performance, data analysis
Application Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2022 5PM EST

Purpose

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority seeks to contract with an individual or entity to provide a statewide energy consumption analysis which will compare data related to units assisted through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), twelve months prior to and post weatherization. The results will be provided at the State and sub-grantee level and will offer quantifiable evidence of the impact of the WAP, as detailed in the Scope of Work section of this RFP.

Qualifications and Experience of Respondent

  • Key project personnel must have at least 5 years of experience in data collection / research
  • Key project personnel must have experience conducting consumption analysis
  • Key project personnel must have degree or certification in relevant field
  • The Respondent must also have experience in as many of the following areas as possible:
    • cross-agency, multi-site, or multi-program research projects,
    • working with weatherization (or similar) program data,
    • working with utility, weatherization, and/or energy efficiency programming,

RFP Timeline

  • July 1, 2022: RFP released to the general public
  • July 11, 2022: All questions due via email to gglassley@ihcda.in.gov
  • July 18, 2022: IHCDA will post answers to all questions
  • August 15, 2022: Respondent must submit proposal by 5:00 p.m. in PDF
  • August 22, 2022: IHCDA may contact the Respondent, if it is selected for a finalist interview/presentation
  • August 29, 2022: Finalist interviews/presentations must be completed, if requested by IHCDA
  • September 6, 2022: Tentative selection is made

 

Format for Submission, Mailing Instructions, and Due Date

Respondent must submit their proposal via email with all documents in PDF format only.

Greg Glassley

Director of Energy and Utility Programs

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

30 South Meridian, Suite 900

Indianapolis, IN 46204

gglassley@ihcda.in.gov

Community Climate Action Grant Program

Issued By: Orange County, North Carolina
Topic Areas: renewable energy, solar, storage, community development, resilience
Application Deadline: August 19, 2022. See timeline below

As part of the FY19-20 budget, the Board of Orange County Commissioners created the Orange County Climate Action Fund dedicated to accelerating climate change mitigation actions in Orange County. This decision was motivated in part to help the County meet the climate change mitigation goals set by the Commissioners in recent years.

The first round of Climate Action Fund projects were proposed by the Commission for the Environment and approved by the Commissioners. These included funding for solar projects for each of the school districts, a LED lighting campaign for lower-income residents, and additional funding to weatherize and preserve affordable housing.

The process for soliciting and selecting projects to receive funding is now being conducted through a formal grant program. For the 2022-23 funding cycle, an estimated $275,075 in funding will be provided to support an expansion of climate change mitigation and resilience projects that build on Orange County’s long history of sustainable actions.  An additional $275,075 in funding will be set aside to fund applications submitted under this grant program from either of Orange County’s two public school districts.

Following the direction of the Board of Orange County Commissioners, Orange County is seeking applications for the FY2022-23 funding cycle.

Grant Program Key Dates:

Monday, June 13, 2022 Grant Application Opens
June 2022 – August 2022 Applications are Prepared*
Friday, August 12, 5pm Deadline for questions and technical assistance requests
Friday, August 19, 5pm Application Deadline
September-October 2022 Application Review by Orange County Commission for the Environment and Human Relations Commission
November 2022 Complete scoring is sent to Board of Orange County Commissioners for their review and final approval
Late Fall 2022 Contracts Executed & Projects Begin

 

2022 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project

Issued By: NC State University NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Topic Areas: electric vehicles, transportation, decarbonization, technology
Application Deadline: September 9, 2022

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University announces the following request for proposals (RFP) through the 2022 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The 2022 initiative will offer $1.5 million, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, and supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

Project proposals will be limited, none higher than $300,000 and none lower than $5,000. Applications will be due Friday, September 9, 2022. This will likely be the only solicitation for 2022.

Projects located in the following counties are eligible for CFAT funding: Cabarrus, Catawba, *Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, *Haywood, *Iredell, Johnston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Nash, Orange, Person, Rowan, *Swain, Union, Wake, (*Represents partial counties). Projects for electric vehicle charging stations (EVSE) will be accepted within all 100 counties.

  • Available funds: $1,500,000
  • Maximum per project award: $300,000
  • Minimum per project award: $5,000
  • Application deadline: September 9, 2022
  • Project period: December 5, 2022 - September 30, 2024
  • Click here for the 2022 CFAT Request for Proposals
  • Click here for the CFAT RFP FAQs
  • Click here for the 2022 CFAT Budget Worksheet
  • Click here for the 2022 CFAT RFP Application

NOTE: Applications should be emailed to CFAT_grants@ncsu.edu.

DOE's Solar Manufacturing Incubator

Issued By: US Department of Energy (DOE)
Topic Areas: solar, energy, renewables, manufacturing, decarbonization
Application Deadlines: Letter of Intent - September 16, 2022 5PM EST and Full Application - October 3, 2022 5PM EST

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the Fiscal Year 2022 Solar Manufacturing Incubator Funding Opportunity, which will award $27 million for projects to accelerate commercialization of innovative product ideas that can increase U.S. domestic manufacturing across the solar industry supply chain and expand private investment in America’s solar manufacturing sector.

This funding program seeks to invest in innovative research, development, and demonstration projects that enable continued solar cost reductions, while developing next-generation solar technologies and boosting American solar manufacturing, especially in cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics. These projects will support the scaling of affordable solar and facilitate secure, reliable integration of solar electricity into the nation’s energy grid to ultimately benefit the U.S. economy.

SETO’s mission is to accelerate the development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. Achieving this goal will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy.

SETO expects to make between 6 to 17 awards under the Fiscal Year 2022 Solar Manufacturing Incubator Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), each ranging between $500,000 and $10 million. SETO seeks diverse entrepreneurs, small businesses, and larger for-profit entities to apply.

DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office: Advancing Clean Vehicles to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Issued By: US Department of Energy (DOE)
Topic Areas: electric vehicles, decarbonization, technology, energy efficiency, equity, diversity, inclusion
Application Deadline: November 10, 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $96 million funding opportunity to support decarbonizing the domestic transportation sector. The funding will focus on expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging accessibility, create cleaner non-road vehicles through electrification and the use of alternative fuels, and develop electric drive components and materials to maximize EV efficiency and affordability. Non-road vehicles, including agricultural and construction equipment, rail, marine and aviation, are a major source of pollution, emitting more carbon pollution than any other sector of the U.S. economy. Lowering vehicle emissions will support President Biden’s goal to achieve to net-zero economy by 2050. Further, in accordance with President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, applicants for this funding must show how proposed projects will benefit traditionally disadvantaged communities that lack access to clean energy sources.

Applicants for the Fiscal Year 2022 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement must submit a concept paper by August 25, 2022.

To apply, applicants must register with and submit application materials through a DOE online application portal at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov. Full applications are due on November 10, 2022.

Learn more about DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

DOE's FARMS - Foundational Agrivoltaic Research for Megawatt Scale

Issued By: US Department of Energy (DOE)
Topic Areas: solar, agriculture, renewables, agrivoltaic, economic development, decarbonization
Application Deadlines: See below

On May 5, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the Foundational Agrivoltaic Research for Megawatt Scale (FARMS) funding opportunity, which will award $8 million in funding for projects that examine how agrivoltaics can scale up to provide new economic opportunities to farmers, rural communities, and the solar industry. Agrivoltaics is defined as agricultural production, such as crop production, livestock grazing, and pollinator habitat that exist underneath solar panels and/or in between rows of solar panels.

Projects will conduct a range of activities, including integrated agriculture-energy impact studies examining how agrivoltaic designs impact both agriculture production and energy production. Some projects will study how agrivoltaics can integrate into existing or enable new social and economic structures, while others will develop resources that will lower the barriers of entry to agrivoltaics, making it easier for agricultural producers and solar developers to benefit from these opportunities.

SETO’s goal is to reduce barriers to the deployment of utility- and community-scale solar energy necessary to meet the Biden administration’s goals for equitably decarbonizing the electricity sector by 2035. Scaling up the co-location of solar energy and agriculture has the potential to reduce land-use conflicts and provide additional benefits to farmers, rural communities, and the solar industry.

FOA Issue Date: 5/5/2022
Informational Webinar: 5/12/2022 3pm ET
Submission Deadline for Letter of Intent: 6/1/2022 5pm ET
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 6/22/2022 5pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 8/30/2022 5pm ET
Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 9/27/2022 5pm ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: November 2022
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: November 2022 - January 2023

DOE's Photovoltaics Research and Development

Issued By: US Department of Energy (DOE)
Topic Areas: solar, energy, renewables, research, development, decarbonization
Application Deadlines: See below

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the Fiscal Year 2022 Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) funding opportunity, which will award $29 million in funding for projects that reduce costs and supply chain vulnerabilities, further develop durable and recyclable solar technologies, and advance perovskite photovoltaic (PV) technologies toward commercialization. Of the $29 million, $10 million will be funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to increase the reuse and recycling of solar energy technologies.

Minority serving institutions, minority business enterprises, minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses, tribal colleges and universities, community colleges, or entities located in an underserved community are encouraged to apply as the prime applicant or participate on an application as a proposed partner to the prime applicant.

FOA Issue Date: 7/14/2022
Submission Deadline for Letter of Intent:
08/03/2022 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 
08/12/2022 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 10/15/2022 5:00pm ET
Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 11/16/2022 5:00pm ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: December 2022
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: January 2022 - April 2023

Clean School Bus Program Funding

Issued By: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Topic Areas: electric vehicles, electrification, transportation
Application Deadline: See timeline below

 

With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s new Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over the next five years (FY 2022-2026) to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. EPA is offering $500 million through the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates for zero-emission and low-emission school bus rebates as the first funding opportunity. EPA will continue to update this page with additional Clean School Bus Program funding information and educational resources.

Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER)

Issued By: US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
Topic Areas: renewable energy, solar, storage, community development, resilience
Application Deadline: See timeline below

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) will award $25 million in funding for projects to enable communities to utilize solar and solar-plus-storage to prevent disruptions in power caused by extreme weather and other events, and to rapidly restore electricity if it goes down.

Projects will foster engagement and ongoing communication among multiple stakeholders such as utilities, municipal planners, emergency responders, community groups, and others, especially in underserved communities located in areas vulnerable to extreme events causing frequent energy and power service disruptions. In addition, projects will develop and demonstrate rapid energy restoration technologies based on the community resilience plan in order to increase the durability of photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Topic Area 1: Innovative Community-Based Energy Resilience Planning – 6-8 projects, $500,000-1 million each
Topic Area 2: Automation Strategies for Rapid Energy Restoration – 5-6 projects, $2-3 million each
Topic Area 3: Innovative Solutions to Increase the Resilience and Hardening of PV Power Plants – 2-3 projects, $1.5-3 million each
FOA Issue Date: 4/12/2022
Informational Webinar: 4/27/2022 at 1 p.m. ET: Register
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 5/26/2022 at 5 p.m. ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 7/25/2022 at 5 p.m. ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: September 2022
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: October 2022–January 2023

 

Additional Information

Two Resources for Findings Federal Funding Opportunities

Issued By: American Cities Climate Challenge and Interagency Working Group on Coal & Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization
Topic Areas: federal funding, clean energy, local communities, economic development
Application Deadline: N/A

  • Created by the American Cities Climate Challenge, the Federal Funding Opportunities for Local Decarbonization (FFOLD) tool helps users learn about the many federal funding opportunities that exist for advancing local decarbonization efforts.

Navigating these opportunities and making strategic decisions on how to best utilize the funds available can be challenging. This tool helps local governments prioritize and leverage existing federal funding to advance system-wide energy transition goals—from block grants and technical assistance to competitive grants, loans, and revolving loan funds.

Find more information on and download the FFOLD Tool at the American Cities Climate Challenge website.

  • The Interagency Working Group on Coal & Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization created a centralized clearinghouse that features billions of dollars in existing federal funding sources. This government-wide list offers easy access to energy communities applying to fund infrastructure, environmental remediation, job creation, and community revitalization efforts.

View the Interagency Working Group's Clearinghouse.

One North Carolina Small Business Program

Issued By: NC Department of Commerce
Topic Areas: small business, technology, community development, clean energy, workforce development
Application Deadline: Dependent of Solicitation Period and county status

The One North Carolina Small Business Program is comprised of two programs:

  • The SBIR/STTR Phase I Incentive Funds Program (***new this year)
  • The SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Funds Program.

As authorized by North Carolina General Statute § 143B‑437.80 the SBIR/STTR Phase I Incentive Funds Program provides reimbursement to qualified NC businesses for a portion of the costs incurred in preparing and submitting Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals to federal agencies. The goal of the Incentive Program is to increase the number, quality, company and technology diversity, and geographic breadth of NC applications for Federal SBIR and STTR Phase I awards.

As authorized by North Carolina General Statute § 143B‑437.81 the SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Funds Program awards matching funds to NC businesses who have received a federal SBIR or STTR award. The goals of the Matching Program are to help NC companies bridge the funding gap period between the final Phase I payment and the first Phase II payment in the Federal Program and increase the intensity of the research conducted under Phase I, making NC small businesses more competitive in the competition for Phase II funds.

If you have questions regarding the programs overall or eligibility, please contact the OSTI staff.

American Cities Climate Challenge Justice40 Capacity Building Fund (J40 Fund)

Issued By: Bloomberg Philanthropies
Topic Areas: environmental justice, community development, clean energy, workforce development
Application Deadline: Awards issued on a rolling basis, early applications encouraged

The J40 Capacity Building Fund provides capacity building and technical assistance services to community-based organizations to implement projects which support the investment areas of the federal Justice40 Initiative. Some of the J40 investment areas include clean energy and energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, and training and workforce development. Selected community-based organizations will receive awards of up to $30,000 to partner with their local government to carry out community-led projects which help expand access to the benefits of federal climate and clean energy investments. All proposed projects must be completed before August 1, 2022 and led by a community organization that serves environmental justice communities. To access additional application support and materials, please visit the J40 Capacity Building Fund webpage.

DOE Notice of Intent: Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second Life Applications

Issued By: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Topic Areas: electric vehicles, recycling, second use battery
Application Due Date: TBD

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy released this Notice of Intent (No. DE-FOA-0002679) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement. DOE anticipates making $60 million available to fund research, development, and demonstration projects in two areas. First, Recycling Processing and Reintegration into the Battery Supply Chain. Second, Second Use Battery Scale Up and Demonstration.

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