​​The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through the Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO), has announced the availability of $130 million in grant funding for up to 80 projects that will advance research in solar energy technologies. One area of focus is identifying ways to reduce deployment soft costs and increase solar affordability, particularly for low and moderate-income areas, such as federally designated Opportunity Zones.

NRECA is seeking cooperatives to participate in research on how to use this funding to implement projects in Opportunity Zones, address reduction in soft costs, and help to expand the benefits of solar energy and investment further into our co-op communities.

Co-ops interested in participating are asked to respond by July 15. Determination of application for grant funding and participation will occur in July. Additional details are available in this advisory:

Learn more about opportunities for serving low to moderate-income consumers with our Advancing Energy Access for All initiative.