USA: 8 nonprofits organizations got $20B from the Biden administration for clean energy financing

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Explore the transformative impact of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund as the Biden administration allocates $20 billion to eight selected nonprofits, facilitating clean energy and climate projects across communities. Witness the convergence of federal funding and local initiatives to bridge the gap in clean energy financing, particularly targeting low-income and disadvantaged communities.

Discover how these “green banks” will unlock opportunities for clean energy initiatives previously deemed unfeasible, catalyzing investment in affordable financing for projects ranging from solar installations to housing electrification. Embrace the collaborative efforts between nonprofits and cities to ensure projects lead to cleaner air, higher wages, and lower energy bills, fostering sustainable development at the grassroots level.

Navigate the intricacies of the National Clean Investment Fund and the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator, as billions of dollars are allocated to empower non-public sector investors, developers, and community organizations. Gain insights into the Solar for All program, poised to expand access to rooftop and community solar projects, driving equitable energy transition.

Stay informed about upcoming EPA webinars and online events, providing opportunities to delve deeper into funding initiatives and project implementation strategies. Despite criticism from Republican lawmakers, the EPA remains committed to fulfilling its legal obligations, delivering on the promise of economic and environmental progress through targeted investments in clean energy and climate resilience.

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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: Nonprofit-Led Clean Energy Initiatives Driving Community Empowerment and Sustainable Development

The selected nonprofits will act as “green banks,” offering funding for clean energy initiatives that might not normally be feasible, especially in lower-income communities. More than 70 % of the$ 20 billion will go toward low- income and disadvantaged communities, according to the EPA.

These natural banks will help close the gap between “financeable theoretically” and “financing in reality” for the clean energy economy, Ilmi Granoff, top fellow at Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, wrote in an April 4 LinkedIn post.

The Biden administration anticipates mobilizing nearly$ 7 in private capital for every$ 1 in grant funds by pushing these projects past the finish line. According to the EPA, that would convert the$ 20 billion into$ 150 billion in investment over the next seven years.

Climate Mayors, C40 Cities, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, three organizations that represent U.S. cities, urged the nonprofits that received grant funding to collaborate with cities when making investments.

Empowering Cities: GGRF Grants Drive Clean Energy Initiatives and Sustainable Development Partnerships

Cities are in a unique position to ensure that projects funded by GGRF recipients result in cleaner air, higher wages, and lower energy bills, according to C40 Cities Head of U.S. Federal Affairs Kate Johnson in a statement.

The $20 billion grant selections announced April 4 are split across two separate initiatives.

Three nonprofits were selected for the $14 billion National Clean Investment Fund, which aims to provide affordable financing to non-public- sector investors, developers, community organizations and others. Under this initiative, the Climate United Fund will receive nearly $7 billion, Coalition for Green Capital will receive $5 billion and Power Forward Communities will receive $2 billion.

The subsequent,$6 billion initiative, the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator, named five nonprofits that will establish hubs to provide funding and technical assistance to community lenders working in lower- income and disadvantaged communities. Under this initiative, the Opportunity Finance Network will receive about $2.3 billion, Inclusiv will receive nearly $1.9 billion, the Justice Climate Fund will get $940 million, Appalachian Community Capital will receive$ 500 million and the Native CDFI Network will receive $400 million.

EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: Advancing Clean Energy Initiatives Amidst Congressional Scrutiny

On April 10, the EPA will host a webinar to learn more about the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator and the National Clean Investment Fund. Details for more online events will be posted on the EPA’s website along with webinar recordings.

A $7 billion Solar for All program is also included in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, for which the EPA anticipates releasing grant recipients later this spring. The recipients of these grants will be states, municipalities, territories, cultural governments and nonprofits that will finance and provide technical assistance for home rooftop solar and community solar projects.

Republicans on the House Oversight and Environment subcommittee criticized the EPA’s lack of experience administering this type of funding and the agency’s rapid obliging, which they claimed would increase the likelihood of economic waste, fraud, and abuse. In March, the House passed a bill that seeks to end the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which President Joe Biden vowed to veto if it was presented to him.

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Summary: Biden Administration Advances Green Energy Agenda: Nonprofits Set to Distribute $20 Billion in Clean Energy Funding

  • With the Biden administration announcing on April 4 that the eight nonprofits will provide local efforts with funding from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, communities are one step closer to getting access to $20 billion in federal funding for clean energy and climate projects.
  • The selected nonprofits will use the funds, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to finance tens of thousands of projects, including cheap housing electrification, from solar installations on smaller businesses to affordable housing electrification.
  • In response to Republican Congress members ‘ efforts to repeal the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which would rescind any unpaid funds, the EPA has a legal deadline to commit the money to certain projects by September.

Leo Portal

Leo is an expert in the field of smart city research and an overall tech-enthusiast with an emphasis on smart energy, IOT, smart homes and governance. After a master degree in international administration at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and a master in public management at Fudan University in China, he pursued research studies in the field of smart cities at the European University Institute. This led him to publish multiple articles on smart cities. Among them “Using Smart People to Build Smarter: How Smart Cities Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Workers to Drive Innovation (Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland)” published in the Smart Cities and Regional Development Journal (SCRD) and “Establishing Participative Smart Cities: Theory and Practice”, also published in the SCRD Journal. He regularly audits and advises municipalities and regional governments on their smart city strategies. He is currently writing a chapter for Springer on smart mobility in French smart cities.

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