HB 2021 created a $50 million fund at ODOE to provide grants for planning and developing community renewable energy and energy resilience projects.
The Community Renewable Energy Grant Program is open to Oregon Tribes, public bodies, and consumer-owned utilities. Public bodies include counties, municipalities, and special government bodies such as ports and irrigation districts. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and priority will be given to projects that support program equity goals, demonstrate community energy resilience, and include energy efficiency and demand response.
At least half of the grant funds will be awarded for projects that serve environmental justice communities, including communities of color, lower-income communities, rural communities, and others. Similarly, at least half of the grant funds will be awarded to projects that support community energy resilience.
|Planning a community renewable energy project||$100,000||100%|
|Planning a community energy resilience project||$100,000||100%|
|Constructing a community renewable energy project||$1,000,000||50%|
|Constructing a community energy resilience project||$1,000,000||100%|
Grant Opportunity Announcements
ODOE will make funding available through a series of opportunity announcements to solicit program applications through 2024.
March 2022 Opportunity Announcements:
$12 Million in Funding Available
Applications were due July 8, 2022
22-001: Grant dollars to support planning activities for a community renewable energy project that also qualifies as a community energy resilience project
22-002: Grant dollars to support planning activities for a community renewable energy project that does not qualify as a community energy resilience project.
22-003: Grant dollars to support developing a community renewable energy project that also qualifies as a community energy resilience project.
22-004: Grant dollars to support developing a community renewable energy project that does not qualify as a community energy resilience project.
March Opportunity Updated Timeline
Applications for the first set of opportunity announcements totaling $12 million for the grant program were due on Friday July 8, 2022. (The opportunities were first published on March 7, 2022, and the online portal for submitting applications opened on May 23, 2022.)
ODOE is now working on the Eligibility and Completeness Review for all the submitted applications. After this is complete, we will move into the Competitive Review process. Staff will provide additional updates in late summer/early fall.
Below is the updated timeline for review and award notification. Please note these differ from the dates originally published in the opportunity announcements.
|Eligibility and Completeness Review (approximate)||August 5, 2022|
|Competitive Review (approximate)||September 23, 2022|
|Award Notification (approximate)||October 7, 2022|
|Next Round of Opportunity Announcements Open (approximate)||Fall 2022|
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. Additional information about eligible projects is available in the opportunity announcements and in the
ODOE has appointed an
to support development and implementation of the grant program. Specific advisory committee responsibilities include:
- Providing guidance on program rules
- Establishing program equity metrics
- Adopting a methodology to identify qualifying communities.
- Supporting statewide community outreach efforts
- Supporting application review processes
Advisory committee meetings will be open to the public —