ODOE Announces $12 Million in New Grant Funding for Renewable Projects

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    The Oregon Department of Energy has announced a fresh round of grant funding for projects involving renewable energy and energy resilience totaling $12 million.

    The Community Renewable Energy Grant Program of the Oregon Department of Energy is now accepting submissions for the second round of funding. For Tribes, government entities, and consumer-owned utilities, ODOE is making $12 million available to help with the design and execution of renewable energy or energy resilience projects.

    4 Project Types Available to Choose From

    Four different project types may get grants: planning a renewable energy project, planning a project with both a renewable energy and a resilience component, building a renewable energy project, or building a project with both a renewable energy and a resilience component. Solar and wind energy generating systems, energy storage systems, EV charging stations, and microgrid technologies combined with new or existing renewable energy systems are all examples of eligible projects. Those who qualify are invited to collaborate on prospective initiatives with neighborhood organizations, charitable organizations, for-profit companies, and others. The organization revealed the 21 beneficiaries of the $12 million in grant money from the first round in October. Want to know if you qualify for a solar energy generating system? Contact us to find out or use our free Oregon Solar Calculator to see if the investment is even worth the savings.

    Incentive Amount

    For qualifying planning projects, ODOE will once again give grants up to $100,000, and for qualified building projects, up to $1,000,000. Up to 100% of the qualifying expenditures for developing a plan to create renewable energy and energy resilience projects may be covered by planning grants. Construction subsidies for resilience projects may pay up to 100% of the project’s qualifying construction expenses, compared to 50% for renewable energy projects. Priority will be given to projects that encourage energy resilience and that benefit eligible communities, such as communities of color, low-income communities, Tribes, rural regions, and other historically disadvantaged groups. Awards will be awarded on a competitive basis.

    Application Deadline

    Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2023, and will be reviewed and evaluated competitively after being verified as complete. On the ODOE website, there are four program opportunity announcements with further eligibility information. Before January 27, the organization welcomes written inquiries from prospective candidates. ODOE will then post replies online before publishing a final Q&A by February 3.

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