Lets Get Technical

A blog about codes, standards, and best practices for solar, energy storage, and microgrids

Let's Get Technical

A blog about codes, standards, and best practices for solar, energy storage, and microgrids

Oregon Resiliency Grants Due in May

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) has offered grant funding for community resiliency projects in the state for the last few years. Mayfield Renewables’ engineering team has supported some of these projects with expert analysis, feasibility modeling, and engineering for the planning stage to inform properly constructed systems. This grant supports important projects providing reliable energy resources for emergency scenarios that otherwise may not become a reality. 

The ODOE recently announced it will begin accepting applications for a third round of funding through the agency’s Community Renewable Energy Grant Program. This opportunity provides $18 million to support the planning and construction of renewable energy or energy resilience projects for Tribes, public bodies, and consumer-owned utilities.

Grants are available for four types of projects: 

  1. planning a renewable energy project
  2. planning a renewable energy project that also has a resilience (BESS) component
  3. construction of a renewable energy project 
  4. construction of a renewable energy project with a resilience (BESS) component.

Eligible projects include solar as well as energy storage systems, electric vehicle charging stations, or full microgrid systems paired with new or existing renewable energy assets. You can review previous rounds in 2022 and 2023, where $24 million in grant funds were distributed.

Planning projects are eligible for up to 100% of eligible costs to develop a plan to build renewable energy and resilience projects with a cap of up to $100,000 per project. Construction grants can cover up to 50% of building costs for renewable energy projects and up to 100% of costs to build eligible resiliency projects with a cap of up to $1 million per project.  

Often, priority is given to projects that support energy resilience, which also serve qualifying communities, including communities of color, low-income communities, Tribes, rural areas, and other traditionally underserved groups. Eligible applicants are encouraged to partner with community groups, non-profits, private businesses, and others on potential projects.

Mayfield Renewables feasibility studies funded by the ODOE planning grants provide a clear path for construction. 

If you are interested in partnering with Mayfield’s expert engineering team to ensure well-planned systems meet your community client’s needs, please contact us

For more information on Mayfield feasibility studies, contact us at hello@mayfield.energy.

For more information on the ODOE grant, contact the program directly: Jennifer Kalez, 503-480-9239

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