DOE launches $500m effort to turn mines into clean energy hubs

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A $500 million program funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package aims to transform current and form mines into clean energy hubs.
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) issued a Request For Information (RFI) to inform how the program will support clean energy project development.

The clean energy hubs could feature solar photovoltaic systems, microgrids, geothermal energy, direct air capture, fossil-fueled power generation with carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, energy storage, including pumped storage and compressed air, and advanced nuclear, DOE said.

Two of the clean energy demonstration projects funded under this program must include solar energy and DOE is seeking information from respondents about opportunities to use domestically-manufactured solar for these projects.

DOE is seeking feedback from a wide rang

e of stakeholders, including industry, community organizations, environmental justice organizations labor unions, and state and local governments.
Public input is sought on how to design the program such that it will best encourage private-sector investment in similar projects leading to economic development for underserved communities located near current and former mine land while advancing environmental justice.