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Upcoming Events Webinar: Community Renewable Energy Program

**Special Note: There is a new webinar join link which has changed from previous communications.**

The Special Districts Association of Oregon and the Oregon Alliance of Clean Water Agencies are pleased to present a webinar with the Oregon Department of Energy on the Community Renewable Energy Program on Wednesday, March 30th from 12-1pm. Oregon Energy staff will share program details, show how to apply, and answer questions on this newly launched program.

Date and time:
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12-1pm

Join link:
https://odoe.webex.com/odoe/j.php?MTID=m4491930ec87f6fda332aca15fea77d43

Webinar number:
2345 427 4351

Webinar password:
crep (2737 from phones)

Questions? Email Christy Splitt at christy.splitt@energy.oregon.gov.

The Community Renewable Energy Grant Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2021 to support projects outside Portland city limits, with a total budget of $50 million.  Public bodies, including special districts and clean water agencies, are eligible to apply, along with other public bodies, Tribes, and consumer-owned utilities. Grant dollars are available for four types of projects: planning a renewable energy project, planning a renewable energy project that also has a resilience component, construction of a renewable energy project, or construction of a renewable energy project with a resilience component. Eligible projects include renewable energy generation systems like solar or wind, and energy storage systems, electric vehicle charging stations, or microgrid technologies paired with new or existing renewable energy systems. Eligible applicants are encouraged to partner with community groups, non-profits, private businesses, and others on potential projects.

ODOE will offer grants up to $100,000 for eligible planning projects and up to $1 million for eligible construction projects. Planning grants can cover up to 100 percent of eligible costs for renewable energy and energy resilience projects. Construction grants for renewable energy projects can cover up to 50 percent of eligible costs, while construction grants for resilience projects can over up to 100 percent. Awards will be made on a competitive basis, and priority will be given to projects that support energy resilience and that serve qualifying communities, including communities of color, low-income communities, Tribes, rural areas, and other traditionally underserved groups.

Applications will open in mid-March for a first round of funding of $12 million. ODOE will make additional rounds of funding available through 2024. Applications for the first round will be due by June 10, 2022, and will be checked for completeness before going through a competitively-scored review. Four program opportunity announcements with additional eligibility details are available on ODOE’s website, and the online application will be available within the next month. The agency encourages written questions from potential applicants by May 20; ODOE will post responses online, with a final Q&A posted by May 27.

Please join the webinar to learn more and have a chance to ask questions.