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US DOE announced more than $7.3M from the IAC Implementation Grants program for 37 small- and medium-sized manufacturers across the country

As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more than $7.3 million from the Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Implementation Grants program for 37 small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) across the country to make improvements at their facilities to save energy, reduce climate pollution, and strengthen our domestic manufacturing sector. DOE also announced that the IAC program is open for additional applications, ensuring SMMs can continue to apply for grants throughout the next year. Supported by President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered by DOE’s Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains Office (MESC), the IAC Implementation Grants program provides up to $300,000 per manufacturer per funding round to implement recommendations made by DOE and other qualified energy assessments. The projects are expected to abate about 17,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, equivalent to about 70 small businesses’ annual emissions. Today’s announcements reinforce the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to revitalize American manufacturing, create good-paying jobs in communities across the nation, advance energy and environmental justice through the President’s Justice40 Initiative, and meet the President’s ambitious goal of a net-zero economy by 2050.

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Source: Clean Technica

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The US DOE is amending its list of categories of projects which qualify for the simplest form of environmental review under the NEPA.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is amending DOE’s list of categories of projects which, because they typically do not have significant environmental impacts, qualify for the simplest form of environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). DOE is simplifying the environmental review process for certain energy storage systems such as battery systems, transmission line upgrades, and solar photovoltaic systems. In support of the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal to promote the development of clean energy and supporting infrastructure, DOE is taking these steps to reduce the cost and time for environmental analysis incurred by DOE, project developers, and the public for these projects.

DOE based the proposed changes on years of experience evaluating the environmental impacts of these types of projects through research, conducting environmental reviews, and engaging with industry, local communities, and other government agencies. DOE carefully considered its experience with energy storage, transmission line upgrades, and solar energy projects before simplifying the environmental review process. Under the changes, DOE will continue to look closely at each proposed project while being able to complete its environmental review responsibilities in a faster and less expensive manner.

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Source: Clean Technica

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The DOE has announced $453.5M from the PR-ERF to install up to 30,000 to 40,000 solar PV & battery storage systems for low-income single-family households.

The Department of Energy has announced $453.5 million from the Puerto Rico Energy Resilience Fund to install up to 30,000 to 40,000 solar PV and battery storage systems for low-income single-family households, according to the agency Monday.

Funding will also be allocated toward consumer protection efforts to provide ongoing system education, training, and support.

This marks the first funding opportunity through PR-ERF, an initiative to support Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable communities in meeting the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050, said the agency.

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Source: Bloomberg Law

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The DOE opened applications on Monday for round seven of its American-Made Solar Prize competition, announcing $4 million in prizes.

The Department of Energy opened applications on Monday for round seven of its American-Made Solar Prize competition, announcing $4 million in prizes and a new prize category.

Since it launched the competition in 2018, DOE has given out $15 million in prizes to entrepreneurs over six rounds. The prizes are given out to hardware and software solutions, and are intended to spur innovations in the solar sector and address challenges to deployment.

“Entrepreneurial students, professors, small-business owners, company staffers, researchers at national laboratories, or anyone else based in the United States with a potentially marketable solar technology solution” are all eligible to compete, says DOE’s website. The deadline to apply for the first phase of this round is Sept. 27.

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Source: Utility Dive

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DOE will offer $50m for community-based clean energy projects in rural areas & $26m for projects that demonstrates how clean energy supports power grid.

The Department of Energy this week announced it will offer $50 million for community-based clean energy projects in rural areas and $26 million for projects “to demonstrate how solar, wind, storage, and other clean energy resources can support a reliable and efficient U.S. power grid.”

The $50 million for projects is being disbursed to increase energy affordability and bolster climate resilience in rural or remote areas with fewer than 10,000 people, DOE said in a Thursday news release. Projects qualify if they cost between $500,000 and $5 million, with pre-applications due July 13 and full applications due Oct. 12.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said the program is a direct response to feedback the agency received from rural communities.

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Source: Utility Dive

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SDSU and Cuyamaca College have been chosen as part of a US DOE program intended to streamline career paths for students interested in the clean energy economy.

San Diego State University (SDSU) and Cuyamaca College have been chosen as part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program intended to streamline career paths for students interested in the clean energy economy.

They are among a group of higher education institutions tapped to serve as Centers of Excellence for DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Program. Those selected as part of the competitive process will receive a combined $18.7 million in funding from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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Source: Times of San Diego

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DOE announced $8 million for six solar energy research projects across six states and the District of Columbia that supports agrivoltaics.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $8 million for six solar energy research projects across six states and the District of Columbia that will provide new economic opportunities for farmers, rural communities, and the solar industry. The funding supports agrivoltaics—the co-location of agricultural production and solar energy generation on the same land—and aims to reduce barriers to utility-and community-scale solar energy deployment while maximizing benefits for farmers and local communities. By increasing access to solar energy, the new projects reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued commitment to ensuring that every community unlocks the public health and cost-saving benefits of a clean energy future and support President Biden’s goals to decarbonize the electricity sector by 2035 and achieve a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.

“DOE’s research into agrivoltaics provides an incredible opportunity to pair solar energy generation with safe and robust crop production—ensuring rural communities reap the full economic benefits of a clean energy future,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “With these exciting projects, we’re supporting sustainable agriculture and investing in the technologies that enable us to make our climate goals a reality—a win-win for our planet and hardworking farmers coast to coast.”

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Source: Energy Gov

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US community solar is projected to grow substantially and represents a means of expanding access to underserved communities

In the race to deploy terawatts of solar power capacity across the US as a means to achieve the country’s clean energy targets, an often neglected area of deployment is community solar. There is at present around 4GW of community solar deployed in the country but the potential market size is more than ten times that when accounting for the various project pipelines that currently exist. And the speed of deployment is increasing.

Last year saw 1,154MW of community solar deployed in the US, up 29% year-on-year. And experts have commentated on a ‘paradigm shift’ when it comes to how the technology is viewed, with simpler, streamlined business models emerging and increasing financier appetite coupled with greater consumer appreciation driving the sector forward.

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Source: PV Tech

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