- Private Sector
- Technical Assistance
Reserved for Energy
In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is facilitating a technical assistance program available to small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) interested in the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program (BIL 40209). The program is part of BIL Section 40209(e). The Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program will support SMMs to produce or recycle advanced energy property—property used to support clean energy supply chains—in coal communities. These SMMs will contribute advanced energy property needed for secure, resilient and domestic clean energy supply chains, in communities with historic ties to coal mining or power generation.
SMMs who are interested in submitting an application to the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program but who were not quite ready to do so under the first funding announcement will be eligible to apply to NREL for technical assistance. A full list of services that can be available can be found later in the application document. Applicants must meet the geographic and firm eligibility criteria under BIL Section 40209 to apply and receive technical assistance. Up to 15 awards will be made through this technical assistance program.
Selected manufacturers will have the opportunity to receive a variety of types of technical assistance, such as:
- Assistance with ensuring technical and economic and commercial viability of the project, conducting market analysis, and providing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threat (SWOT) analyses.
- Front-end engineering design, supply chain analysis, operations and maintenance needs assessments, etc.
- Facilitating opportunities for evaluating possible energy or water savings.
- Help with regulatory support, procurement support, and/or budgeting and financing support.
- Developing plans for stakeholder identification and engagement or working with workforce development organizations.
- Assistance with preparing information on the anticipated impact of the project's job creation and investment goals, economic development opportunities, benefits to the host community and region, etc.
- Assistance with cross-referencing application materials with funding opportunity announcement requirements to ensure project meets program goals.
You are encouraged to apply to technical assistance program if you are a small- or-medium-sized manufacturing firm as defined by BIL Section 40209 and meet the following criteria:
- Principal business of the applicant falls within the North American Industry Classification System codes 31–33
- Project located in a census tract where coal mines have closed since Dec. 31, 1999, or coal-fired power plant units have closed since Dec. 31, 2009, or in immediately adjacent census tracts
- Review the census tracts map to see if your project is in a covered area
- Less than $100 million in gross annual sales
- Fewer than 500 employees at the plant site of the manufacturing firm
- If the prime recipient has more than one plant site, each plant site has fewer than 500 employees
- Annual energy bills of more than $100,000 but less than $2,500,000.
Applications for the BIL 40209 Readiness Technical Assistance Program must meet the basic eligibility criteria above to be evaluated and considered for technical assistance.
Information about the companion funding opportunity, Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program Section 40209, can be found here.