A new grant program from the U.S. Department of Energy is poised to send $178 million to American schools for energy efficiency and student health projects. The only funding for Illinois was provided to a coalition of 20 Illinois school districts, and Wethersfield District #230 is one of the districts included in this coalition.

Here are the details:

  • We are positioned to receive $600,000 - $700,000 in grant funds
  • at least 1 active microgrid for each school district
  • at least 1 electric school bus at each school district
  • onsite solar plus stationary battery storage at each school district
  • a microgrid controller at each site to communicate between energy assets
  • ability for facilities to act as emergency shelters where appropriate (powered by energy from bus batteries)
  • interoperability among energy assets is a primary goal
  • No cost to Wethersfield anticipated as the partners below will share any of the remaining 5% of cost not covered by grant

Industry partners include

  • Econergy
  • IEC Powered by Future Green
  • University of Illinois-Chicago (Energy Resources Center)
  • ComEd
  • AmerenIL
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Highland Electric Fleets
  • Lion Electric
  • Sea Electric
  • Siemens