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.
Grant Opportunity Announcements
|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%|
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 due June 10, 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 Announcement Timeline:
|Opportunity Announcements Published||March 7, 2022|
|Opening of Opportunity Period||March 7, 2022|
|Questions Due||May 20, 2022|
|Webinar for Potential Applicants|
Please register online to attend.
|May 25, 2022 | 9 - 10 a.m.|
|Final Questions and Answers Posted||May 27, 2022|
|Closing of Opportunity Period & Applications Due||June 10, 2022|
|Eligibility and Completeness Review (approximate)||July 1, 2022|
|Competitive Review (approximate)||August 12, 2022|
|Award Notification (approximate)||August 26, 2022|
Application Portal (coming soon)
Applications will be due by June 10, 2022, and will be checked for
completeness before going through a competitively-scored review (see
opportunity announcements for scoring matrix). The agency encourages written
questions from potential applicants by May 20; ODOE will post responses on this
website, with a final Q&A posted by May 27.
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 Administrative Rules.Advisory Committee
ODOE has appointed an advisory committee
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 — learn more