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DE-FOA-0002258: Educational Materials for Professional Organizations Working on Efficiency and Renewable Energy Developments (EMPOWERED)

Modification 00001 - See the Modification table in the FOA. Changes from modification 00001 are highlighted in yellow.

The Educational Materials for Professional Organizations Working on Efficiency and Renewable Energy Developments (EMPOWERED) funding program is a collaborative effort across EERE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), and Building Technologies Office (BTO), to provide professionals with educational materials and training resources in fields newly interacting with distributed energy resources (DER). In this program, DER includes distributed solar, like on homes and businesses, as well as efficient building technologies and sustainable transportation technologies, such as electric vehicles.

The goal of this program is to create resources that will help those on the front lines of DER adoption—like first responders, safety officials, and building managers and owners—keep up with these rapidly emerging and advancing technologies. These professionals are at the forefront of America’s energy transition and play a role in easing adoption, ensuring safety, and reducing installation costs. Because of this, the participating EERE offices see these professionals as key to enabling understanding and acceptance of new energy technologies.

SETO, BTO, and VTO seek applicants that will create and integrate education and training materials for professionals who have significant involvement and authority over implementing solar, building, or vehicle technologies on the distribution system but who do not work primarily with these technologies. Those technologies include but are not limited to DER—like PV systems, building efficiency technologies, energy storage systems, AFV, EV—and EV infrastructure.

There was an informational webinar held on April 16, 2020 at 1pm EST. The slides and script are available below.

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  • Educational Materials for Professional Organizations Working on Efficiency and Renewable Energy Developments (EMPOWERED) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Document Mod 000001 (Last Updated: 4/30/2020 05:16 PM ET)
  • Empowered FOA Questions and Answers (Last Updated: 12/3/2020 01:23 PM ET)
  • EMPOWERED FOA Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 4/16/2020 04:44 PM ET)
  • EMPOWERED FOA Webinar Script (Last Updated: 4/16/2020 04:44 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) Template (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 06:32 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Template (Last Updated: 3/18/2020 09:57 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/18/2020 10:15 AM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 6/29/2020 05:09 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/12/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/8/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/6/2020 12:00 PM ET – 8/11/2020 5:00 PM ET