DOE Announces Funds For Community RE Projects

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of five projects to receive more than $20.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support deployment of community-based renewable energy projects, such as wind and solar installations.

‘Smaller, more localized renewable energy systems need to play a role in our comprehensive energy portfolio,’ says Energy Secretary Steven Chu. ‘These projects will help create jobs, expand our clean energy economy and help us cut carbon pollution at the local level.’

The selected projects will be leveraged with approximately $167 million in local government and private industry funding. The DOE estimates that these projects will provide enough clean, renewable energy to displace the emissions of approximately 10,700 homes.

Projects selected for awards include the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, which proposes to install three 100 kW wind turbines, and Phillips County, Colo., which proposes a community-owned 30 MW wind energy project with an ultimate goal to build a 650 MW wind farm.

SOURCE: Department of Energy

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