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Case Study: Energy Retrofits in New Mexico

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Case Study: Energy Retrofits in New Mexico By Mark Fogarty / NH&RA Issue: April 2023 Solar Panels Come with Home Improvements  Residents at three public housing authority properties for Santa Fe County in New Mexico are happy to see solar panels installed on the roofs of their projects, as the arrays also come with 16 additional upgrades for the tenants. The …

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Accessing Federal and Utility Incentives for Green Projects

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By Ravi Malhotra / NH&RA Issue: April 2023 The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provided the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) $3.2 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This is on top of the ongoing ~$1.6 billion allocation (the standard WAP allocation independent of the BIL money for WAP) over the next five years. The BIL funds allow for some …

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Green Retrofits Signal the Future in Cities’ Push Towards Decarbonization

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Green Retrofits Signal the Future in Cities’ Push Towards Decarbonization By Abram Mamet / NH&RA April 2023 Green Retrofitting in Practice  Well-considered and meaningfully executed retrofits have become increasingly important as communities across the country seek out effective climate resilience strategies. States like Massachusetts, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania are at the forefront of that movement, having each enacted legislation or …

ICAST Experts Weigh In: Available Federal Tax Credits, Incentives, and Grants for Underserved Communities

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ICAST Experts Weigh In: Available Federal Tax Credits, Incentives, and Grants for Underserved Communities  By Ravi Malhotra: Founder and President| Mr. Malhotra’s focus is finding financially sustainable models to solve the affordable housing crisis while tackling climate change. He manages the design and implementation of all ICAST programs and initiatives. Kristen Cheriegate: Senior Policy Analyst | Ms. Cheriegate navigates ICAST through …

ICAST Secures Contracts to Grow its Clean Energy Efforts in Underserved Communities

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ICAST Secures Contracts to Grow its Clean Energy Efforts in Underserved Communities ICAST has been busy forming new partnerships with federal and state agencies, utility companies, and others to deliver clean energy retrofits in multifamily affordable housing (MFAH). It has also been working with its existing partners to act on new opportunities. A few highlights of ICAST’s recent efforts are …

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Working to Revitalize Democracy: New Power Project

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Working to Revitalize Democracy: New Power Project The New Power Project is a relatively new initiative that will seek out values-driven individuals who have grown up in marginalized or underserved communities and help them run for elective office. It will work to break down barriers that so often prevent these individuals from seeking and winning public office, such as a …

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April 2023 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* Biden-Harris Administration Announces $550 Million to Advance Environmental Justice The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $550M from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to expedite investments through EPA’s new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking (EJ TCGM) program. This program will fund up to 11 entities to serve as grantmakers that …

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ICAST Experts Weigh In: The Inflation Reduction Act: Potential for Scaling Solar in Underserved Communities

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ICAST Experts Weigh In: The Inflation Reduction Act: Potential for Scaling Solar in Underserved Communities By Sam Lipman | ICAST Director of Solar Programs Mr. Lipman is responsible for the development of shared solar projects, thus furthering ICAST’s work to help underserved communities benefit from clean energy solutions.   While solar PV generation in the U.S. has grown dramatically, this growth has not …

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March 2023 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* U.S. Department of Energy Launches Community Power Accelerator Prize The Community Power Accelerator Prize is a $10 million prize competition designed to expand the ecosystem of community solar project developers by providing funding, resources, tools, and training to new and established developers. Eligible entities include U.S. community solar developers, including new developers, co-developers …