U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
03/17/21 5:00 PM ET
Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations, for-profits, educational institutions, individuals, and others for projects that optimize energy efficiency in buildings throughout the country. A concept paper is required prior to submitting a full proposal. In addition, applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support new construction as well as retrofits of groups of energy-efficient, grid-connected buildings that reduce energy consumption and environmental impact.
A Connected Community (CC) is a group of grid-interactive efficient buildings GEB with diverse, flexible end use equipment and other distributed energy resources (DERs) that collectively work to maximize building, community, and grid efficiency. Under this FOA, DOE will select a portfolio of “Connected Community” projects in varying climates, geographies, building types, building vintages, DERs utility/grid/regulatory structures and resource bases. Through funding these projects, DOE hopes to find and share technical and market solutions that will increase demand flexibility and energy efficiency.
DOE expects that the combined insights from the whole portfolio will provide scalable solutions that can be applied throughout the country. Individual projects can include new construction, retrofits of existing building, residential, commercial, mixed use, campuses, and appropriate DERs. It is anticipated, but not required, that proposals will come from multi-disciplinary partnerships between energy utilities/providers, building/home developers/owners/operators, manufacturers, researchers and other key players.
The objective of this FOA is to select projects that will demonstrate how groups of buildings combined with other types of DERs2 , such as electric vehicle (EV) charging and photovoltaic (PV) generation, can reliably and cost effectively serve as grid assets by strategically deploying efficiency and demand flexibility. By demonstrating the ability of groups of buildings and DERs to modify load, the FOA outcomes will enable increased energy efficiency, reduced energy demand, and reduced emissions and environmental impact, while maintaining (if not enhancing) occupant satisfaction and productivity.
For project examples, see pg. 13 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement listed in Supporting Documents below.
GrantWatch ID#: 192891
EERE anticipates making approximately 6-8 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards.
Individual awards may vary between $3 million and $7 million, but DOE reserves the right to adjust these amounts depending on the applications submitted.
EERE anticipates making awards that will run up to 36-60 months in length.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply online via the EERE Online Portal (Exchange): https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fSubmissionDetailsEdit.aspx%3ffoaId%3d9d24afcd-e292-4ea2-a4d3-d36e2b9dd9c7
- EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov: For questions about the Exchange System or submitting an application through Exchange. Include FOA name and number in subject line
- CCPilotsFOA@ee.doe.gov: For questions regarding the Connected Communities FOA
- CCPilotsTeamingList@hq.doe.gov: To be added to the Connected Communities Teaming List.
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