At our January 14 Perspectives discussion, Katrina Leni-Konig of the CEC told us about the new challenge presented to cleantech innovators.  The challenge is to design and build mid-rise, mixed-use development that is affordable, equitable, climate-resilient, cost-competitive and emissions-free.  To meet this challenge the CEC wants to see 12 integrated teams funded across the state to give it a shot.  Three of those teams are to be selected from the Central Valley area, improving the chances that teams in our region will succeed in getting an award.  The CEC wants to see entries that use advanced technologies, use advanced construction practices, can result in designs and products that can be used in many markets, have benefits for underserved communities, and provide resilience and safety, among other criteria.  

The schedule is tight.  A pre-application workshop is set for January 21, just one week away.  Then the deadline for the initial concept application is April 9.  After that, teams will be selected to apply formally for the $1 million Design Phase.  That application is due July 28.  After submission of the final design, the application for the Build Phase subsidy of up to $9 million is due in June 2023.  So, it is critical that if you are interested, you begin to line up your team now.  You can get details here.

We recorded the whole Perspectives event, watch it below.  

These challenges do not come along frequently, so make your move if you are interested.  It could be a great opportunity.

Thomas Hall


Gary Simon is the Chair of CleanStarts Board. A seasoned energy executive and entrepreneur with 45 years of experience in business, government, and non-profits.

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