Department of Energy, Argonne seek to increase access to clean energy programs for disinvested communities
The Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP), recently hosted engagements with Chicago-based community leaders, small businesses, and non-profit organizations to address the challenge of funding clean energy initiatives in underserved communities. The discussions centered on grants available for cost-effective energy solutions and explored ways to enhance DOE partnership in deploying targeted solutions. The article highlights the importance of increasing awareness and providing education about DOE programs and funding opportunities to foster collaboration and investment in Chicago communities. The SCEP, through programs like the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and State Energy Program (SEP), aims to support clean energy projects that benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities and improve their quality of life. The engagement showcased community-led clean energy initiatives like the Bronzeville Community Microgrid, Chicago Urban League Solar Installation, and Shala Akintunde's Bronzeville Solar Pyramid, which generate clean energy and provide employment opportunities.