This Week in Climate & Clean Energy Wins: Week of 8/7/23


$46 Million$1.3 Million $195 Million
The amount of federal funding for 29 clean energy technology projects in 15 states. The amount Nevada will invest in the Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California to improve their energy infrastructure and invest in clean energy. The amount of funding that the Department of the Interior has designated to fund water security programs

This week, Unimacts announced plans to expand their solar parts manufacturing operations in Nevada, projecting that the new plant’s capacity will triple, eventually supporting six gigawatts of solar power and employing more than 200 people. Nextracker announced a new partnership with Asteelflash to produce solar panel parts in a new Fremont, California facility. The new partnership will create new, local jobs in the clean energy sector. Twelve students graduated from Volkswagen’s Robotronics program and will become apprentices as part of the car manufacturer’s new EV apprenticeship program. They will join more than 210 Volkswagen apprentices who have joined the program since it began in 2013. GM unveiled a vehicle-to-home EV charging platform, which let’s drivers charge their vehicles whenever and wherever they want while also acting as emergency home generators. 

N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center published a report, finding that in Q2, all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico took 539 grid modernization actions – expanding clean energy capabilities across the country. The Center for American Progress (CAP) released five recommendations that would strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft rule and reduce harmful carbon pollution from the power sector. CAP also released new numbers regarding the clean energy job market – a year after the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, over 170,000 jobs have been created.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) announced $195 million in funding opportunities to develop a more resilient water supply and support aquatic ecosystems. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit program that will provide a 20 percentage point boost in tax credits for clean energy investments to low-income families. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced $37 million in funding for 52 projects to build research capacity, infrastructure, and expertise at historically underrepresented institutions in the department. DOE also announced an investment of $46 million for 29 projects in 15 states to develop advanced clean energy building technologies and retrofit practices.

Lastly, in Pennsylvania, there is a bill advancing through the state legislature that will allow for schools to apply for federal funding to cover up to half the cost of solar panel installation. In New Jersey, proposals for four new wind farm projects were submitted this week, which could double the wind energy projects in the state if passed. In Nevada, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California will receive $1.3 million to improve their energy infrastructure and invest in clean energy.

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