Background on USDA PACE and New Era Program
USDA Rural Utilities Service Program Overview
The USDA’s Rural Utilities Service has a total of $10.7B in funding available under the IRA:
- Empowering Rural America (“New ERA”) makes $9.7 billion available for loans, grants, loan modifications and other financial assistance to support the purchase of renewable energy systems, zero-emission systems and carbon capture systems (Section 22004). Funding also may be used to deploy these systems or to make energy-efficiency improvements to generation and transmission systems of eligible entities. Read more in the New Era Notice of Funding Opportunity is available here!
Don’t have time to read the New Era Notice of Funding Opportunity? Read our New Era NOFO summary memo here.
- Powering Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) provides $1 billion in RUS loans for developing renewable energy infrastructure (Section 22001). The funding is available to renewable-energy developers and electric service providers, including municipals, cooperatives, and investor-owned and Tribal utilities to help finance large-scale solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydropower projects and energy storage in support of renewable energy systems. The PACE Notice of Funding Opportunity is available here!
Don’t have time to read the PACE Notice of Funding Opportunity? Read our PACE NOFO summary memo here
WATCH THE WEBINAR 05/22/23 with Chris McLean (USDA’S Rural Utilities Service) and Katrina Pielli (DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations)
NOTES FROM USDA’s PACE and New ERA CALL 05/17/23 are here! USDA Webinar PACE ERA – 051723
SLIDES FROM USDA’s PACE and New ERA CALL 05/17/23 are here! PPT on PACE and New ERA Programs
Looking for USDA/s Emissions Reduction Tool Templates? Click here
Energy Communities Map to determine PACE loan forgiveness levels.
Distressed and Disadvantaged Community Map to determine PACE loan forgiveness levels.
DRAFT USDA PACE and New ERA – Electric Cooperative Action Plan – BEL has developed some recommendations and pointers that cooperatives can consider, but is not meant to be a complete guide on the programs.
DRAFT BEL PACE Letter of Intent Overview – This is an overview of what is needed for a PACE Letter of Intent.
DRAFT BEL PACE LOI Template – This is a draft template for a PACE Letter of Intent. We expect that USDA will develop an official version, but we wanted to be sure we had something for stakeholders in the interim.
DRAFT BEL New ERA LOI Template – This is a draft template for a New ERA Letter of Intent. We expect that USDA will develop an official version, but we wanted to be sure we had something for stakeholders in the interim.
If you are part of an electric cooperative, municipal utility, or tribal energy stakeholder who may apply for USDA funding, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or signup here: https://be-league.org/bel-rus-usda-program-cohort-signup/ to become part of our cohort receiving updates on the program and available resources.