Central Coast Community Energy Launches New Grants Program – Monterey Herald

MONTEREY – This week, Central Coast Community Energy launched a grant program to increase community education and awareness, support workforce training and development, and enable planning, implementation and innovation by member agencies.

“The need for greater awareness and understanding of the benefits of electrification represents important opportunities to support and educate households and businesses to adopt proven and cost-effective measures,” said Tom Habashi, CEO of Central Coast Community Energy , in a press release. “The same goes for the construction and automotive trades. Investments in electrification-oriented training and workforce development will ultimately help advance electrification along the central coast. “

Central Coast Community Energy is a public body that obtains competitively priced electricity from clean, renewable energy resources. It is locally controlled and directed by board members representing each community served by the agency. It serves communities across the central coast.

Community Energy’s Electrification and Innovation Grants Program has $ 1 million of funds available in this second round of grants. The Community Education and Workforce component has $ 400,000 and will provide individual grants up to $ 100,000, while the Planning, Implementation and Innovation component of member agencies has $ 600,000 and with grants. individual awards up to $ 150,000.

Central Coast Community Energy’s first round of Electrification Education Grants awarded funds to several local organizations to provide individuals, households and businesses with advice and resources for purchasing or leasing vehicles. new or used electrics. These organizations also shared goals regarding equity and barriers to access for underserved communities and the region’s Spanish-speaking population.

One of the first grant recipients, Rancho Cielo, used the funds to bolster its workforce training program that provides graduates with access to paid jobs to help them break the cycle of poverty . Rancho Cielo plans to incorporate electrification training into its construction and agricultural mechanics and electrical programs.

This second round of grants under the planning, implementation and innovation of member agencies can provide member agencies in cities and counties with support for electrification projects such as vehicle fleet operations. , municipal properties and community infrastructure with the goal of reducing emissions and advancing clean energy technologies and resources. All Central Coast Community Energy member agencies are eligible.

This cycle is also available for community education and workforce tracking funding to increase public knowledge about electrification and its benefits, with grant recipients helping to overcome barriers that have a impact on participation in energy programs. It will also fill the gaps in workforce training that have slowed the advancement of electrification in the construction and transportation sectors with the aim of staffing the region’s current and future workforce. skills and knowledge to advance clean energy technologies. Community organizations, private for-profit businesses, public agencies, and schools or school districts are eligible.

Central Coast Community Energy Electrification and Innovation Grants Program applications for both streams are open until February 7.

Visit www.3cenergy.org/electrification-and-innovation-grant-program/ for more information.

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