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Title Due Date Maximum Award Amount Description
Deploying Solar with Wildlife and Ecosystem Services Benefits (SolWEB) $2,000,000.00

The goal of this funding opportunity is to produce solutions and/or strategies that minimize the adverse impacts of solar energy on wildlife and maximize the ecosystem benefits while enabling the rapid deployment of ground-mounted solar energy. SETO is interested in projects that will produce results with broad relevance to solar stakeholders by establishing methods, technologies, models, best management practices, and/or resources that facilitate solar energy’s pivotal role in achieving a 100% clean electricity system by 2035 and a net-zero energy system by 2050. Successful projects will produce research results that are generalizable to multiple sites, pertinent to multiple stakeholder groups, impactful in a short timeframe (i.e., 3 years or less), and engage local communities most affected by solar energy deployment.
Transformative Climate Communities Program $35,000,000.00

The Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program provides unique opportunities to address climate change mitigation and adaptation together at the community scale.  Implementation Grants fund transportation, greening, energy, water, waste, housing, and health projects together.  Planning Grants fund community-led development of projects and goals to improve resilience.  TCC applications are developed through intensive community engagement.
Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Fiscal Year 2022 Research, Development, and Demonstration Program $6,000,000.00

Solar Energy Technologies Office Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Fiscal Year 2022 Research, Development, and Demonstration Program
Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize $200,000.00

Through the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize, DOE aims to fund organizations for ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.

Up to 10 organizations will share a total prize pool of up to $2.5 million.


The goals of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize are to:

  • Enable clean energy and climate innovation, and entrepreneurship programming and capabilities at colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and undergraduate institutions.
  • Create or increase participation in clean energy and climate-smart job training and job placement/hiring, including programs that target participation from disadvantaged communities, including formerly incarcerated individuals and youth transitioning out of foster care. Workforce training could cover identifying energy efficiencies and greenhouse gas inventories, renewable energy manufacturing, and deployment.
  • Foster grassroots innovation related to just and equitable clean energy deployment through activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, based on the needs of the communities involved
  • Identify and fund activities that will help disadvantaged communities become aware of, apply into or otherwise secure DOE funding or other federal, state, local government or private (for-profit or nonprofit) funding, in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.
  • Enable the development of replicable clean energy transitions that deliver just and equitable benefits to disadvantaged communities in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.


Important Dates

  • Prize Opens: September 2021
  • Prize Closes: 5 p.m. ET on February 25, 2022
  • Phase One Winner Announcement & Awards: March 2022 (anticipated)
  • Phase Two Begins: March 2023 (anticipated)
SmartAC Program No Due Date Given Varies

On hot summer days, energy demand increases because thousands of customers are using their air conditioning units. PG&E may remotely activate SmartAC devices on those days in order to help maintain adequate power supplies and avoid power interruptions.

If you're a SmartRate™ participant, on SmartRate™ event days, your SmartAC™ device(s) are activated under the SmartRate™ program guidelines. SmartAC is free and automated. It can also help make event days more successful by helping to prevent power interruptions.

Event season: SmartAC™ events occur between May 1 and October 31.

Event length: SmartAC events Days can be as short as an hour or two and no more than six hours in a day.

Participants must have standard central air conditioners and/or heat pumps.


SmartAC technology and activation

SmartAC™ technology will be installed free of charge by a certified technician and maintained at no cost to the customer as long as you are a participant in the SmartAC program.

The SmartAC authorized contractor is Franklin Energy. A Franklin Energy technician may contact you:

To help you complete your enrollment

  • To get your permission to activate the SmartAC device
  • To install the SmartAC device, which may involve replacement with updated technology
  • To help solve a tech issue you may have contacted the program about
  • To visit your home and carry out the free AC check-up
  • To leave a Welcome Kit door-hanger with your AC checkup results and program details

SmartAC™ switch technology will be installed on or near the outside compressor component of participant's air conditioning (AC) unit. Participants must have standard central air conditioners and/or heat pumps.

PG&E may remotely activate SmartAC™ device(s) in anticipation of a state or local energy emergency to help maintain adequate power supplies and avoid widespread power interruptions.

During a SmartAC™ event (or SmartDay™ event for SmartRate™ participants), your device will be remotely activated and your air conditioner will run slightly less than it normally would.

Residential participants with SmartAC™ switch technology may experience no more than 50 percent reduction in the air conditioner's average run time.

During a SmartAC™ event, if your thermostat calls for the air conditioner to make cool air, your AC will ignore that signal for approximately 15 out of 30 minutes. At all other times, the AC will respond normally, and make cool air.

Opt out policy

With the exception of extreme energy emergencies, where rotating outages may occur, participants may call a SmartAC™ representative at 1-866-908-4916 and opt-out of an event for the day, without penalty. The AC will be returned to its previous operational setting.
The Next EPIC Challenge: Reimagining Affordable Mixed-Use Development in a Carbon-Constrained Future $1,000,000.00

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund a design-build competition that will challenge multi-disciplinary project teams to design and build a mixed-use development – using cutting-edge energy technologies, tools and construction practices - that is affordable, equitable, emissions-free and resilient to climate change impacts and extreme weather events.

Deadline to Submit:

  • Concept Application Abstracts: April 9, 2021 - 5PM PDT
  • Full Applications for the Design Phase: July 28, 2021 - 5PM PDT
  • Application Materials for the Build Phase: June 23, 2023 - 5PM PDT
SLO Wood Smoke Reduction Program No Due Date Given Varies

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is implementing the Woodsmoke Reduction Program throughout San Luis Obispo County.  The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is part of a statewide program supported by the “California Climate Investments” (CCI) program that provides grants, as shown in the table below, to qualified applicants who replace existing wood burning stoves or fireplaces that are used as a primary source of heat in their home.  Applicants can replace their old device with a natural gas, propane heating device, or a U.S. EPA certified wood stove or wood stove insert. Questions about our program and to see if you qualify, email us at
Sacramento Metro AQMD Wood Stove & Fireplace Incentive Programs No Due Date Given Varies

There are an estimated 320,000 fireplaces and wood stoves in Sacramento County homes. Wood smoke created from the use of wood and pellets in these devices is a significant source of particulate matter, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, toxic air contaminants and odors, especially during the winter. These pollutants are linked to serious health impacts. 

The Sac Metro Air District is committed to reducing pollution coming from wood burning fireplaces and wood stoves. It has an incentive program that helps people change out their existing wood burning units to cleaner units, and an enforcement program to stimulate compliance with rules related to wintertime burning activities.
Feather River AQMD Grant Programs No Due Date Given Varies

The FRAQMD offers several grant programs to reduce emissions in Yuba and Sutter counties.  Please select one of the following programs to learn more.

The FRAQMD also maintains a list of grants offerred by external agencies that might be of interest to Yuba and Sutter counties residents.  These grants are not administered by the FRAQMD and all questions should be directed towards the applicable agency.

If you have a diesel truck subject to the January 1, 2020 deadline for replacement or repower, please contact the Diesel Hotline at (866) 634-3735 or visit

For  grant information for diesel trucks not subject to the January 1, 2020 deadline used in agricultural operations, please contact (916) 874-4892 or visit for information on the FARMER grant program.
El Dorado County AQMD Chimney Smoke RIP Program No Due Date Given Varies

If you are in need of a pre-approval stove inspection to verify your stove qualifies or to start the application process, give us a call at (530) 621-7501 or email us at  We will respond within 24 hours by phone or email if you don't reach a live person when calling.