New DOE Funding will Accelerate Clean Energy Buildout on Industrialized Lands

Aerial image of solar array in the desert.
Sunny Futures Siting new energy infrastructure on degraded lands like mining sites, landfills and brownfields can cost-effectively transform these sites into clean energy hubs. © Steve Proehl/Getty Images

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  • Julia Leopold
    Associate Director of Communications, Renewable Energy
    The Nature Conservancy

“We are thrilled to learn of the Department of Energy’s announcement today allocating $475 million from the Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land (CEML) to projects that build clean energy on industrialized land," said Beth Wheatley, The Nature Conservancy Deputy Director of the North America Climate Mitigation Program. "TNC strongly supported CEML’s inclusion in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as part of our commitment to accelerating the clean energy buildout while minimizing impacts to nature and contributing to local economies. 

The overwhelming number of applicants for CEML funding is a testament to the widespread interest and enthusiasm for these types of energy projects, highlighting the collective desire to advance renewable energy while avoiding development on green spaces. Our hope is that the funded projects will not only minimize impacts to plants and wildlife, but will go above and beyond in seeking opportunities to engage and benefit communities.

We look forward to learning more about the specific projects that received funding and are eager to work with the Department of Energy and its partners to understand the challenges these projects seek to overcome and resulting best practices.”

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