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Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize

Encourages and recognizes coalitions that are addressing environmental inequities and energy challenges among disadvantaged communities.

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stage:
Judging
prize:
$1,500,000

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Overview

Challenge Overview

The goal of the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize is to help community coalitions—made up of nonprofits, city governments, school systems, and other community organizations—come together to develop a strategy to address a local clean energy opportunity or inequity. Strategies may include student education, workforce trainings, or implementation of new technologies that align with the goals of the White House’s Justice40 Initiative. 

 

The prize seeks to carry out the directives of the Justice40 Initiative by identifying and supporting: 

  • Newly partnered or existing community-based coalitions that have recently committed to helping underrepresented communities address energy challenges and implement clean energy solutions.
  • Further development of relevant in-community coalitions executing projects that are consistent with the Justice40 Initiative and EERE’s focus on clean energy technologies and implementation.
  • Long-term engagement by the relevant in-community coalitions on energy challenges on behalf of the communities served.

 

About the Justice40 Initiative

Section 223 of Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, established the Justice40 Initiative, which directs 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments—including investments in clean energy and energy efficiency; clean transit; affordable and sustainable housing; training and workforce development; remediation and reduction of legacy pollution; and the development of clean water infrastructure—to flow to disadvantaged communities.

 

The Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize consists of three phases, with a total available prize pool of $1.5 million. Prizes are available to multiple coalition winners in Phase One and Phase Two. The prize will conclude after Phase Three, with a Community Summit Event. At this event, all competitors who complete Phase Two will have the opportunity to present their progress, benefit from networking opportunities, and be eligible for the final $50,000 cash prize, awarded to one winning coalition. Philanthropy partners may also be invited to make connections with coalitions.

 

 

The competition is open to coalitions of one or more partners anchored by a community-based not-for-profit organization that are: (1) new coalitions established on or after the date of this announcement or (2) existing coalitions that have established a new or amended mission on or after the date of this announcement. 

 

The Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize was established by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The prize is part of the American-Made Challenges family of prizes and is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Please review the official rules  for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

If you want to receive updates on the prize or have any questions, please subscribe by using the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at CleanEnergyCoalition@nrel.gov.

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Challenge Updates

Final Reminders for the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize

Dec. 1, 2022, 9:49 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

The Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize deadline is less than one week away, Wednesday, December 7th! Community-based organizations from across the country and invited to submit their plans for a coalition, community to be served, and Justice40 Initiative priority(ies) to be addressed for a chance to win up to $30,000 in Phase One, and an additional $165,000 across Phase Two and Three.

As a reminder, a complete submission includes an introduction video, a cover page, a written narrative, and a summary PowerPoint slide.

Need more information? View the official prize rules or watch the informational webinar recording to learn more.


Submission deadline approaching! Gather your Coalition and make change in your community!

Nov. 21, 2022, 8:34 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

The deadline for Phase One of the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize is December 7th! There is still plenty of time for competitors to create and submit their plans for their coalition, their community to be served, and their Justice40 Initiative priority to be addressed.

See the official rules for a breakdown of the submission materials, and remember that there are three Power Connectors who hold office hours and would love to discuss and support your plans!

Power Connectors contact information:
CEBN

NHSSF

BGS

Best of luck to all competitors!


Power Connectors Host Workshop and Teaming Event

Oct. 24, 2022, 11:38 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Join Clean Energy Business Network and Browning the Green Space on October 27 from 2-3:30pm ET to learn about the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize, a funding opportunity for nonprofit-led community coalitions addressing environmental inequities and energy challenges among disadvantaged communities. 

A panel featuring community leaders will explore strategies for effectively building and engaging coalitions around climate and environmental justice goals. We will explain the prize goals, eligibility, and the application process. This will be followed by an interactive networking/teaming session to help attendees meet potential coalition partners.

Register here: https://secure.everyaction.com/0nuS8ZnxG0GMVZ6rT8pGgg2


Informational Webinar Now Available

Oct. 24, 2022, 7:25 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

If you missed the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize Informational Webinar last week, you can now stream the recording to catch up on all the details for the $1.5 million prize. During the presentation, prize administrators covered everything you need to know about competing, including timelines, deliverables, and prize rules. Anyone interested in submitting their proposal by the December 7 deadline is encouraged to watch the recording before applying.

 


Join an Informational Webinar on the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize

Sept. 23, 2022, 10:05 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Learn more about how your community can get involved in the new Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize at an informational webinar on Oct. 19 at noon E.T. 

The goal of the prize is to encourage community coalitions—made up of nonprofits, city governments, school systems, and other community organizations—to come together to develop a strategy to address a local clean energy opportunity or inequity. 

During the webinar, prize administrators will give an overview of who can apply, what to submit, and how entries will be judged. Register now to see how this prize could help make real change in your community!

The full registration link is:

https://nrel.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_3jIKa5HiQKicubiQpI3DlQ


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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but it’s quick and easy. Just click the “Solve this Challenge” button on this page and follow the instructions to complete your registration. All you need to provide is your name and email address.

If you have a question not answered in the FAQ, we recommend that you post it in the Forum where someone will respond to you. This way, others who may have the same question will be able to see it.

You can also send an email to CleanEnergyCoalition@nrel.gov.

The competition is open to coalitions (partners anchored by at least one community-based not-for profit organization) that are: (1) established on or after the date of this announcement (new coalitions) or (2) existing coalitions that establish a new or amended mission on or after the date of this announcement. Further, all competitors are subject to the following conditions and requirements: 

  • An individual prize competitor or group of competitors who are not competing as part of an incorporated private entity must all be United States citizens or legal permanent residents. 
  • Private entities that are incorporated must be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States with majority domestic ownership and control. 
  • Individuals competing as part of an incorporated private entity may participate if they are legally permitted to work in the United States. 
  • DOE employees, employees of sponsoring organizations, members of their immediate families (e.g., spouses, children, siblings, or parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the prize. 
  • Individuals who worked at DOE (federal employees or support service contractors) within six months prior to the submission deadline of any contest are not eligible to participate in the prize.
  • Federal entities and federal employees are not eligible to participate in any portion of the prize. 
  • DOE national laboratory employees are not eligible to participate in the prize. 
  • Entities and individuals publicly banned from doing business with the U.S. government such as entities and individuals debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participating in Federal programs are not eligible to participate in the prize.
  • Entities and individuals identified as a restricted party on one or more screening lists of Department of Commerce, State and the Treasury are not eligible to participate in the prize. See Consolidated Screening List.
  • Individuals participating in foreign government talent recruitment programs of foreign countries of risk[1] are not eligible to participate in the prize. Further, teams that include individuals participating in foreign government talent recruitment programs of foreign countries of risk1F are not eligible to participate in the prize.   
  • As part of your submission to this prize program, you will be required to sign the following statement: 

I am providing this submission package as part of my participation in this prize. I understand that I am providing this submission to the Federal Government. I certify under penalty of perjury that the named competitor meets the eligibility requirements for this prize competition and complies with all other rules contained in the Official Rules document. I further represent that the information contained in the submission is true and contains no misrepresentations. I understand false statements or misrepresentations to the Federal Government may result in civil and/or criminal penalties under 18 U.S.C. § 1001 and § 287.

In keeping with the goal of growing a community of innovators, competitors are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams while developing their concept. Applications are submitted through the HeroX  platform, which also provides a space where parties interested in collaboration can post information about themselves and review information posted by other entities that may be interested in competing in this contest. 


 

[1] This prize competition is expected to positively impact U.S. economic competitiveness. Participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program could conflict with this objective by resulting in unauthorized transfer of scientific and technical information to foreign government entities. Foreign government talent recruitment program is defined as an effort directly or indirectly organized, managed, or funded by a foreign government to recruit science and technology professionals or students (regardless of citizenship or national origin, and whether having a full-time or part-time position). Some foreign government-sponsored talent recruitment programs operate with the intent to import or otherwise acquire from abroad, sometimes through illicit means, proprietary technology or software, unpublished data and methods, and intellectual property to further the military modernization goals and/or economic goals of a foreign government. Many, but not all, programs aim to incentivize the targeted individual to physically relocate to the foreign state for the above purpose. Some programs allow for or encourage continued employment at U.S. research facilities or receipt of Federal research funds while concurrently working at and/or receiving compensation from a foreign institution, and some direct participants not to disclose their participation to U.S. entities. Compensation could take many forms including cash, research funding, complimentary foreign travel, honorific titles, career advancement opportunities, promised future compensation, or other types of remuneration or consideration, including in-kind compensation. Currently, the countries of risk are Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China.

Innovation is about making ideas happen. The American-Made Network will accelerate and sustain clean energy innovation through a diverse and powerful network that includes national laboratories, energy incubators, facilities, and other valuable industry partners from across the U.S. who will engage, connect, mentor, and boost the efforts of Community Clean Energy Coalition competitors.

See who is in the network.

Power Connector organizations are a core group of Connectors that will work alongside NREL to implement parts of the program and secure additional resources and partners.

Discover who they are and how they will help innovators succeed.

https://americanmadechallenges.org/power_connectors

If you encounter an issue when attempting to submit an entry to the challenge, you may need to contact HeroX or the Prize Administrator.

You may try to connect with HeroX using the online form which appears in the bottom right corner of your browser window, it says Leave a Message.

You may also send a message to the Prize Administrator inbox at CleanEnergyCoalition@nrel.gov.

Please allow at least 1 business day for a response.

All of your files are uploaded as part of the submission form, access this by clicking the Begin Entry button.  The submission form contains an upload option for each of the required file entries.  Only PDF files will be accepted for upload.

Only a non-profit coalition anchor will receive cash prizes. Upon submission, Team Captains must enter the legal name of the entity they wish to receive the full award payment. It is up to the coalition to decide how to divide any awards based on their preferences and agreements.