DOE: Notice of Intent- Underserved and Indigenous Community Microgrids - Expected release Q1 -2023
Opportunity Title: Notice of Intent - DE-FOA-0002933 to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002934 titled Underserved & Indigenous Community Microgrids
Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0002933
The objective of this planned FOA is to develop and implement replicable microgrid solutions for underserved and Indigenous communities in remote and islanded regions throughout the United States. This FOA is in pursuit of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Congressional direction, which stipulates …coordinated research and development of microgrid-related technologies, with a focus on underserved and Indigenous communities.
To achieve intended objectives, each microgrid solution proposed under this FOA should range from 100 kilowatts (kW) to 10 megawatts (MW) of aggregated generation capacity; and support improving the metrics of reliability, resilience, decarbonization, and affordability.
Area of Interest 1 - Modular Microgrid Systems with Standardized Control/Communication Functionalities for a Range of System Sizes and Renewable Contributions
Area of Interest 2 - Multi-port Medium Voltage DC (MVDC) Converter Research and Development (R&D) for Integration of Microgrids and Clean Energy
Area of Interest 3 - Regional initiatives to Support Microgrid Deployments within Underserved and Indigenous Communities
In the context of this proposed FOA, a community is defined as a group of individuals, households, and businesses in geographic proximity to one another. This opportunity is focused on underserved and Indigenous communities in remote and islanded regions throughout the United States including Tribal Nations and territories. The “underserved communities” are focused on low-income, energy-burdened communities that must meet the criteria below:
- 30% of the community population is classified as low income; and
- High or severe energy burden (median spending of household income on energy bills ≥6%).
Indigenous communities include, but are not limited to, communities of Tribal Nations, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Prospective applicants responding to the proposed FOA will need to describe how the participating community/communities meet the eligibility criteria even if these data do not specifically show that they are eligible.
Total Amount Available: $9.1m (expected)
Application Deadline: TBD
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