Since 2013, Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project has advanced the deployment of resilient, clean energy solutions – primarily solar PV paired with energy storage (solar+storage) – in critical community facilities serving environmental justice communities, low-income communities, and communities of color. The Project’s goal is to advance clean energy equity and build energy security by ensuring that all communities have access to the economic, health, and resilience benefits that solar and energy storage technologies can provide.
The four pillars of the Resilient Power Project are:
Partnership Development. The Resilient Power Project partners with organizations such as critical service providers, health clinics, schools, community organizations, municipalities, and affordable housing developers to support efforts to progress resilient power across the country. We assist organizations already advocating for energy resilience in their community and tailor support to fit their needs.
Coalition Building. Clean Energy Group connects our partners with each other to build national networks. In certain instances, the Resilient Power Project serves as a facilitator for a coalition working toward a shared clean energy objective.
Knowledge Building. The Resilient Power Project develops resilient power educational materials that serve a variety of partners, including municipalities, affordable housing providers, and grassroots organizations, such as a resilient power toolkit, informational webinars, reports and case studies. We also track notable policy developments and solar+storage projects installed across the country. Additionally, we produce monthly and weekly newsletters that are shared with a network of thousands of subscribers.
Information Sharing. The Resilient Power Project’s blogs, webinars, and newsletters magnify the important resilient power efforts underway across the country, including individual solar+storage projects and innovative policies. Many of these resources are developed in close collaboration with partner organizations, ensuring that educational materials are inclusive of the communities they serve.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND CAPACITY BUILDING
Technical Expertise. The Resilient Power Project seeks to inform, coordinate, and assist in the planning and implementation of resilient power projects in underserved communities, in both rural and urban areas across the country. The project team can provide one-on-one technical assistance for community leaders and/or project developers to define the benefits of resilience more broadly – such as health and economic benefits – as well as to assess the potential for resilient power systems at specific community facilities.
Technical Assistance Fund. The Resilient Power Project’s Technical Assistance Fund (TAF) supports community service providers by awarding grant funding for additional technical expertise to perform a solar and battery energy storage feasibility assessment at a specific facility. A feasibility assessment is the first step in the development process, giving organizations information they need to engage potential developers or pursue implementation funding opportunities. To learn more about the TAF and to apply, visit here.
Resilient Power Leadership Initiative. Through the Resilient Power Leadership Initiative (RPLI), Clean Energy Group awards small grants to non-profit and grassroots organizations to support their efforts for internal capacity building around resilient power. The grant enables organizations to devote more time to their own resilience efforts, as well as to learn more about resilient power technologies and resilient power applications that could directly benefit their community.
Throughout the one-year grant period, Clean Energy Group provides one-on-one support as requested. In the past, we’ve supported organizations make tailored resilient power resources, hosted webinars to discuss resilience issues and successes in their community and provided policy guidance to support the development of resilient power programs and incentives. To learn more about the Resilient Power Leadership Initiative and to apply, see here.
To support local community efforts to become more energy resilient, the Resilient Power Project works to advance foundational local, state, and federal policies, programs, and incentives that ensure more inclusive access to solar+storage technologies in historically underserved communities. Working nationally, the project team can provide context and examples of resilient power policies and programs that have been successful, or less successful, in other parts of the country. In addition to providing program guidance to policy makers and community leaders, the Resilient Power Project also prepares reports and analysis on resilient power programs and projects, clean energy finance tools, economic surveys, and best practices.
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