NVDA: Community Solar - Deploying Benefits & Delivering Impacts

Regional Planning & Economic Development in the Northeast Kingdom

ENERGY UPDATE Feb 2024

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Community Solar - Deploying Benefits & Delivering Impacts

Annual Summit - Feb 14, 12-4pm (FREE, online)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office invites you to register for the annual National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) Summit on February 14 from 12-4 p.m. ET. This year’s summit, ‘Community Solar – Deploying Benefits & Delivering Impacts,’ will convene community solar stakeholders from across the industry, including community-based organizations, solar developers, utilities, federal, state, Tribal, and local government, financial institutions, philanthropic organizations, housing providers, and more to align efforts toward expanding access to the benefits of community solar to the equivalent of 5 million households by 2025. The summit will feature interactive sessions, led by industry experts that explore the technical potential of community solar, including its potential to deliver meaningful benefits to households and communities at scale.  

Vermont Climate Council Announcements

Call for Subcommittee Nominations & E-Newsletter Sign-up

Nominations for Vermont Climate Council Subcommittees are now open and will close on Sunday, February 25, 2024. New members are especially needed for Agriculture & Ecosystems and Just Transitions Subcommittees. New members will be announced in March. Sign up for the Climate Action Office's E-newsletter!

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EV Fast Charger Grants for Public Attractions

Pre-Apply by Feb 29

This is a State of Vermont grant program that aims to strategically expand access to fast EV charging in underserved areas of the state. The program is awarding $1.44 million in competitive grants to qualifying public attractions that could cover most, and in some cases all, of the purchase and installation of DC fast chargers.

Winning grant applications will be public attractions in areas of Vermont that have limited access to fast charging for EV drivers. Grants can help cover DC fast charging installs including: technical assistance, design, electrical make-ready upgrades, charging hardware, and more. The grant can be also combined with EV charging incentives from utilities for bigger savings.

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Getting to Know Act 250

Feb 29, 6-7:30pm (online)

Join NVDA on Thursday, February 29, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, when the Natural Resources Board (NRB) will provide an overview and introduction to Act 250, the state’s land use and development law. Staff from the NRB will walk you through the essentials of Act 250, including when Act 250 applies and when it does not; the permitting process (including town and regional planning participation), answer general questions, and point you toward resources for additional information. 

Join Zoom Meeting

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VT Agency of Transportation Announces EV Incentive Program for Fleet Vehicles 

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is accepting applications for the Electrify Your Fleet incentive program on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of $500,000 is available, and $200,000 of that amount is available for applicants who are from or serve historically underserved communities. Awards will be made in the form of reimbursements of as much as $2,500 for each internal combustion engine vehicle replaced or avoided with a maximum of 20 incentives allowed per fleet. 

Awardees are encouraged to apply this funding toward the purchase or lease of Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs) in combination with any local utility rebates and the recently authorized federal tax cut for Commercial Clean Vehicles, which together could reduce the upfront cost of each eligible vehicle by as much as $10,000 for businesses and tax-exempt organizations. Other eligible fleet options could include electric bicycles, electric cargo bicycles, adaptive electric bicycles, electric motorcycles, or electric snowmobiles. Applicants must demonstrate that the vehicles funded will contribute to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Sustainable Energy for Schools & Municipalities

Apply by March 1, 5pm

The Vermont Public Service Department released a request for proposals (RFP) from schools and municipal governments to install renewable energy and clean heating systems in their buildings. This request for proposals (RFP) is intended to provide financial and technical support for the installation and/or repair of clean energy technologies in underserved public schools in communities and municipalities in Vermont to lower their energy costs, decrease harmful air emissions from heating and power sources; and increase the exposure and experience with clean energy technologies in these public buildings. The clean energy measures to be supported via this project will be limited to the following three technologies: solar photovoltaics (PV), advanced wood heating, and cold climate air- or ground-source heat pumps.

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GMP Powerwall and BYOD battery programs

Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers on Rate 01 or commercial Rate 06 can participate in the GMP Storage Lease and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. Depending on the amount of physical space available for batteries and the backup needs of a home or business, an option could be to have up to two leased Powerwall systems installed (one system is two batteries, 27 kWh of backup, for $55/month; two systems is four batteries, 54 kWh of backup, for $110/month). Read more about how battery storage plays a role in Vermont's resiliency strategies.

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VEEP Adult Programming

Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) brings experiential learning to K-12 classrooms across VT, so students and teachers can understand where our energy comes from and how our energy usage impacts the climate. In support of the Climate Action Plan, they are now offering our hands-on workshops for adult audiences as well. These workshops are especially useful to communities that are considering weatherization initiatives, transportation planning, or other energy conservation/emissions reduction work. Consider using some of the MERP $4K Mini-Grant toward this!

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EAN Applications Open for 2024 Summer Internship

Apply before March 1

Vermont's Energy Action Network (EAN) is currently accepting applications for their 2024 Summer Internship program for rising college juniors and seniors and 2024 college graduates excited by EAN’s mission of achieving Vermont’s climate and energy commitments in ways that create a just, thriving, and sustainable future. EAN's Senior Fellow Christine Donovan will run a fifth year of this engaging and high impact internship program for two Summer Interns, who will each develop and carry out a research and writing project directly related to the ongoing work of EAN. 

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Two Job Opportunities

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Weatherization Repayment Assistance Program (WRAP)

Dealing with a drafty home and high heating bills? The Weatherization Repayment Assistance Program (WRAP) may be able to help you pay for energy-saving home improvements over time through a low-interest monthly charge on your utility bill. Administered by the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, WRAP assists both homeowners and renters in Vermont. WRAP projects can include insulation and air sealing as well as heat pumps, water heaters, and advanced wood heating systems. Combined with utility incentives, WRAP can greatly reduce or eliminate upfront project costs. WRAP does not run credit checks to verify eligibility. To learn more, visit the program website at vhfa.org/wrap or connect with Efficiency Vermont to schedule a home energy audit.

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NEK Energy Network Meeting

March 12, 11-12:30pm (online)

Join us for the next quarterly convening of the NEK Energy Network where NEK Energy Committees and partners collaborate, share best-practices, challenges, resources and more!

Ready to start electrifying everything (or something)?

Then we have the perfect tool for you: your Personal Electrification Planner! From project prioritization to in-depth guides to maximizing your savings with rebates and incentives, this planner makes home electrification a little easier.

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