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Clean Energy Funding Webinar Series: Current & Future Federal & State Opportunities

Every other Tuesday, starting on February 28th, the Community Economic Development Program will host an hour long webinar related to clean energy funding opportunities for Wisconsin communities.
This first webinar in the Clean Energy Funding Series will focus on agricultural producers and rural small businesses because Rural Energy for America (REAP) guaranteed grants and loans of $2 billion over the next decade is available to the ag sector now. Round 1 grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects are due March 31, 2023. You will learn about funding available at the federal and state levels through USDA, Focus on Energy, and PACE Financing and what you need to do to put together successful applications.

Substantial federal funding to spur America’s transition to a clean energy economy will be available over the next few years as a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean energy jobs and technologies, clean transportation, and energy equity will be more accessible to a wider range of sectors than ever before. This webinar series on clean energy funding is designed to ready each sector in Wisconsin to take advantage of the opportunities that are or will be available so that you can prepare effectively to bring that money to your projects. You will learn about:

  • Federal and state funding opportunities available now and in the future
  • Using other federal and state financing and tax incentives in conjunction with federal grants
  • Preparing to apply – what you need to do
  • Accessing resources to assist

Bringing in funding will accelerate the return on investment of your clean energy project and help you earn savings sooner, while speeding up your progress toward resilience, energy independence, and carbon neutrality. Our presenters will help you navigate the landscape of grants and finance opportunities to move forward on obtaining funding for your project.

Upcoming Webinars in the Clean Energy Funding Series

  • Ag Producers & Rural Businesses – February 28, 12-1 pm (CST)
  • Local Government, Schools, & Nonprofits – March 14, 12-1 pm (CST)
  • Business – March 28, 12-1 pm (CST)
  • Transportation – April 11, 12-1 pm (CST)
  • Residential – April 25, 12-1 pm (CST)
  • Equity / Justice 40 – May 9, 12-1 pm (CST)

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