The U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 15 launched a pilot program that aims to help up to 36 communities transition to clean energy, improve local environments and create jobs.
The Communities: Local Energy Action Program, or Communities LEAP, will provide $16 million in support services to low-income communities with ties to fossil fuel industries or environmental hazards. Participating communities will work with DOE experts to identify and develop economic pathways for clean energy development. Support is earmarked for communities seeking assistance with one or more of the following:
- Large-scale clean energy projects
- Microgrids, or backup power sources for grid emergencies
- Job creation in fossil fuel communities
- Clean transportation
- Building energy efficiency
- Clean energy supply chain improvement
Applications for Communities LEAP are due December 17, and winners will be announced next March. Learn more about the initiative and how to apply here.