Energy Improvements at Public K-12 Facilities – Renew America’s Schools

Description:The Department of Energy Office of State and Community Energy Programs has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Energy Improvements at Public K-12 School Facilities. $500 million is available for the five year period encompassing Fiscal Years (FY) 2022 through 2026 to renew America’s schools by investing in more efficient, energy-saving school buildings.

To support the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative, 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments in clean energy and climate solutions will be targeted to disadvantaged communities, as defined in the FOA.

DOE estimates that $80 million is available for FY2022, and expects to make approximately 20-100 awards. Individual awards are estimated to vary between $500,000 and $15,000,000. The program includes two Topic Areas:

  • Topic Area 1 – High-Impact Energy Efficiency and Health Improvements through repairs, renovations, and/or installations that result in direct reduction to school energy costs, increase energy efficiency, and lead to improvements in teacher and student health, including indoor air quality; and
  • Topic Area 2 – Innovative Energy Technology Packages, improvements, repairs, and/or renovations that incorporate two or more of the following energy improvements:
    • Energy efficiency measures e.g. HVAC, building envelope improvements, lighting retrofits, sensors and controls;
    • Installation of renewable energy technologies e.g. rooftop solar or micro wind turbines;
    • Alternative fueled vehicle infrastructure on school grounds;
    • Purchase or lease of alternative fueled vehicles to be used by a school.

Link to Program Website: DE-FOA-0002756 Energy Improvements at Public K-12 School Facilities

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Eligible Applicants: Local educational agency; Schools; Others

Due Dates:

  • Mandatory Concept Paper Due: Thursday, January 26, 2023
  • Full Application Due: Friday, April 21, 2023

Applicants must register with and submit application materials through the Department of Energy’s EERE Exchange online application portal.

Non-Federal Cost-Share: At least 5% of the total allowable costs. This can be comprised of non-federal sources of cash or in-kind contributions.

CRCOG is providing information about this program for informational purposes. Please coordinate with your local Board of Education and/or regional educational service center (RESC) to identify ways you can take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.