$14.7M allotted for microgrid solutions for underserved and indigenous communities
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a $14.7 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support multi-year research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of microgrid-related technologies for underserved and Indigenous communities. The program aims to bring reliable, resilient, and clean energy solutions to remote, rural, and islanded regions in the United States. The FOA will facilitate the development and demonstration of advanced microgrid-enabling technologies, including renewable generation and storage systems, multi-nodal small-scale high-voltage direct current, advanced demand-side management strategies, and microgrid control systems. Additionally, the FOA addresses non-technical barriers, such as lack of local technical expertise and supply chain challenges, to promote the deployment of microgrids in these communities. The initiative aligns with the Biden-Harris Administration's goal of achieving a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035.