U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
08/17/21 5:00 PM ET
Cooperative agreement to a USA or territory agency, Tribe, for-profit, IHE, or nonprofit organization to expand solar energy programs throughout the country. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to a full application and ensure that required registrations are finalized. The program is intended for the applicant to manage local government efforts to reduce the cost of solar in their communities, stimulate local solar market development, and reach local decarbonization and clean energy goals.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement creates a competitive opportunity for applicants to manage SETO’s existing SolSmart program. SolSmart is a national community designation program that recognizes communities for making it easier and faster to install solar energy. The program provides local governments with technical assistance to improve their permitting, inspection, and zoning processes, and take other steps to reduce soft costs. The current awardee’s period of performance is coming to an end, and SETO will compete the opportunity to take on management of the program. Applicants will also propose ways to further develop the program to incorporate new emerging technologies, support under-resourced communities, measure program impacts, and contribute to the Biden Administration’s equity and climate goals.
The activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this funding program will help to reduce the soft costs of solar energy deployment—those costs not associated with the hardware—which account for up to 64% of the upfront cost of a residential solar installation.
This FOA seeks an entity to manage and expand DOE’s SolSmart program, which supports and recognizes local governments that reduce soft costs and expand access to solar energy. This community designation and technical assistance program was launched in 2016 and has recognized almost 400 communities from Florida to Alaska. Now, DOE is expanding the program to incorporate new solar-related technologies and respond to the evolving needs of local governments.
GrantWatch ID#: 196086
EERE anticipates making one (1) award under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards.
An individual award may vary between $8 million and $10 million.
The chosen entity will manage the program for the next five years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Questions regarding the content of the FOA must be submitted to: SolSmart.FOA@ee.doe.gov.
For questions related to the Exchange Website, submit to: EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov
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