USDA’s announcement today of $11 billion in grants and loans to build resilient, reliable, affordable clean energy is the biggest single investment in rural power since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed The TVA Act almost exactly 90 years ago on May 18, 1933 – creating the Tennessee Valley Authority, which still serves more than 10 million people across Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia today.
White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Reggie A. Taylor today to announce a $575,546 Housing Preservation Grant that will be used for home repairs that will enable energy efficiency upgrades for at least 22 low- and very-low-income Troup County families through the Better Homes Rural Troup (BHRT) program.
“The Inflation Reduction Act’s bonus credits – together with its provisions for a ‘direct pay’ option that will enable nonprofits such as churches, nonprofit housing organizations, and other community-based nonprofits to fully participate in solar project ownership – are potential game-changers for building a just and equitable clean energy economy.
JANUARY 11, 2023, Washington, DC – Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power through equitable community solar projects and resilience hubs, announced its selection to receive a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance community energy resilience.
The passage of historic investments in clean energy tax credits and manufacturing incentives under the Biden administration presents an enormous opportunity for America to both reduce harmful pollution and revive the economies of long-languishing rural communities. Published today by Island Press and authored by Groundswell CEO and current nominee to the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors L. Michelle Moore, “Rural Renaissance: Revitalizing America’s Hometowns through Clean Power” offers a practical and inspiring roadmap for success.
According to research led by Groundswell Vice President of Labs and Data Science Dr. Elvis Moleka, low and moderate-income households in North Carolina spend 19.8% or their income on energy bills an uncool and unequal energy burden.