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Get Ready for Phase II of the Renew America’s Schools Prize

Get Ready for Phase II of the Renew America’s Schools Prize

In 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Renew America’s Schools Program, a $500 million initiative to help local educational agencies implement energy infrastructure upgrades. To date, it has invested $182.5 million in public school districts across America - directly benefiting over 90 school facilities across 22 states.

Applications are now open for the second round of funding and are due on June 13, 2024! This year, the Renew America’s Schools Prize presents a three-phase opportunity to help districts build capacity, perform energy audits, and implement energy improvement projects across a portfolio of school facilities. 


Important Dates and Details:

  • Application deadline: June 13, 2024, by 5 pm ET (1 pm PT)
  • Notification of selected winners: August 2024
  • Expected start of cooperative agreement negotiations: Fall 2024
  • Eligibility: K-12 public schools in the United States
  • How to apply: Complete a submission package online via this link.


To learn more about this opportunity, consider attending an upcoming webinar hosted by the DOE. Prize organizers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the DOE Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) will be available to answer your questions on the 2024 Renew America’s Schools Prize.


Want to get a head start on your application? Connect with your SoCalREN project manager to get started! Our team can help your agency identify existing and potential SoCalREN energy projects to include in your submission. We can also provide guidance on: 

  • Project specifications 
  • Energy data analysis 
  • Incentives, funding options, and financing solutions to complement this grant opportunity


At SoCalREN Public Agency Programs, we are committed to helping you access funding and find the best use for these funds for your facilities!


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