INCENTIVES

HB 2021 created a $50 million fund at ODOE to provide grants for planning and developing community renewable energy and energy resilience projects, starting in early 2022 and continuing through June 2025.
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The Oregon Department of Energy is working on standing up the Community Renewable Energy Grant program. Applications will open in Spring​ 2022​.
 

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​Program Eligibility

The 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. Half of the grants will be awarded for projects that serve environmental justice communities, including communities of color, lower-income communities, rural communities, and others.

Grants are to be awarded on a competitive basis and priority is to be given to projects that support program equity goals, demonstrate community energy resilience, and include energy efficiency and demand response.​

Advisory Committee

ODOE has appointed an advisory committee to support development and implementation of the grant program. The advisory committee will help to develop a program that ensures communities across Oregon share in the opportunity to develop renewable energy and energy resilience projects. 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

Grant Opportunity Announcements

ODOE will issue opportunity announcements to solicit program applications. Opportunity announcements will be issued for projects in the following categories:
  • Planning a community energy resilience project, awards of up to $100,000
  • Planning a community renewable energy project, awards of up to $100,000
  • Developing a community energy resilience project, awards of up to $1,000,000
  • Developing a community renewable energy project, awards of up to $1,000,000