Environmental Education Grants

The Grants Program sponsored by EPA's Office of Environmental Education (OEE), Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. EPA awards grants each year based on funding appropriated by Congress. Annual funding for the program ranges between $2 and $3 million.

State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreements (SEJCA)

The State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement (SEJCA) program was developed by EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, with input from the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), to support projects that utilize collaborative problem solving to address environmental and public health issues, such as childhood lead poisoning and exposure to air pollution. The purpose of this new program is to promote environmental justice in State government activities and to advance strategies that result in improvements in public health and the environment.

State Energy Program

The State Energy Program provides financial and technical assistance to states through formula and competitive grants. States use their formula grants to develop state strategies and goals to address their energy priorities. Competitive grant solicitations for the adoption of energy efficiency/renewable energy products and technologies are issued annually based on available funding. States provide a 20% match under SEP annual formula allocations. SEP emphasizes the state's role as the decision maker and administrator for the program activities within the state. The energy offices in each state and territory are a vital resource for delivering energy benefits, addressing national energy goals, and coordinating energy-related emergency preparedness across the nation.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, funded for the first time by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009, represents a Presidential priority to deploy the cheapest, cleanest, and most reliable energy technologies we have—energy efficiency and conservation—across the country. The Program, authorized in Title V, Subtitle E of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and signed into law on December 19, 2007, is modeled after the Community Development Block Grant program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It is intended to assist U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Indian tribes to develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs designed to:

·         Reduce fossil fuel emissions;

·         Reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities;

·         Improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other appropriate sectors; and

·         Create and retain jobs.

California - Energy tax credit, rebates, grants, incentives

California renewable and solar energy incentives

California is serious about solar energy, wind power and energy efficiency. California was first in the US to advocate a policy, the Million Solar Roofs Program, that aims to install 3,000 megawatts of solar panels for production of electricity on rooftops across the state by 2017. Funding for the program includes both residential and commercial solar panel installations.

The Million Solar Roofs program is defined by the size of the photovoltaic (PV) solar electrc system to be installed.  For sytems under 100 kilowatts (100kW), which represents the vast majority of residential solar installations, the state's solar rebate offers up to $2.50 per watt.  This is significant because the average cost for installed solar power is roughly $6-7 per watt.  For solar power systems greater than 100 kW in size, California offers homeowners a monthly rebate of 39-cents per kilowatt generated over a 5-year period.