Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas
Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED)
To help deploy community-driven clean energy solutions in rural and remote areas across the country.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, for-profit and non-profit organizations, state, local governments, and Tribal Nations, incorporated and unincorporated consortia.
This program will fund projects that advance one or more of the following resilient clean energy objectives: Improving overall cost-effectiveness of energy generation, transmission, or distribution systems; Siting or upgrading transmission and distribution lines; Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy generation in rural or remote areas; Providing or modernizing electric generation facilities; Developing microgrids; and, Increasing energy efficiency.
Rural communities are often left behind in energy transition conversations. Particularly with projects that require siting within a community, it is important to engage relevant groups early and provide residents with appropriate opportunities to weigh in on project decisions that impact their communities. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/
If awarded, this grant could be prepared with recent IRA tax incentives to further reduce the cost of a clean energy installation. Additionally, the inclusion of energy efficiency in the eligible projects means that applicants could take advantage of the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades to reduce carbon emissions, even where clean energy projects and transmission upgrades are less politically feasible.
This funding opportunity has one topic area: using one or more clean energy technologies that improve reliability and/or resilience of energy systems, reduce energy poverty, or improve environmental performance of energy generation in a rural or remote community.