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Blog   |   Sep 20th, 2018 BUILD-ing Solar on Brownfields: TRC’s Northeast Solar Conference to Provide Early Look at EPA’s New Funding Options

Trc Build Act Northeast Solar Conference

For years eligible entities needing help to clean up contaminated properties have sought financial assistance through the EPA’s Brownfields Program. This fall, thanks to a recent act of Congress, municipalities, regional planning groups, councils of government and other owners of public land have expanded opportunities to receive funding to clean up and redevelop their sites.

The Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2018 codifies the provisions of EPA’s annual grant competition for Brownfield cleanup funds and automatically reauthorizes funding through 2022. The legislation:

  • Introduces new grants for training and technical assistance.
  • Increases cleanup funds up to $500,000 per site.
  • Introduces new ranking criteria favoring applicants who propose to clean up/redevelop a property for a renewable energy project.

The EPA expects to release grant guidelines this fall, with applications due near the end of the year.

In a few weeks, landowners in the Northeast will have a unique opportunity to get a first-hand look at the BUILD Act and learn the keys to application success at TRC’s Northeast Solar Conference.

Held in Boston’s Seaport District Oct. 15-16, the conference includes an educational session on the BUILD Act, featuring EPA Region 1 Brownfields Coordinator Frank Gardner and TRC Senior Program Manager Kelley Race. The pair will discuss BUILD Act grant eligibility, application criteria, assessment activities required prior to application submittal and how to incorporate renewable energy/solar projects into cleanup plan proposals.

TRC’s annual conference, now in its second year, will also connect landowners with solar developers to pursue potential opportunities jointly. Site cleanups funded via the Brownfields grant process may save time and money for developers seeking suitable properties. Communities interested in cleaning up sites for solar projects can discuss strategies with developers, which would allow them to incorporate important project details into grant applications up front for a better chance of success.

The Northeast has been very successful in obtaining EPA Brownfields funding in the past, with region 1’s experienced staff helping applicants navigate the application guidelines to be responsive to specific EPA criteria. Don’t miss this early chance to hear about the BUILD Act and discover successful strategies for taking advantage of new EPA funding mechanisms.

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Kelley Race, PG, LSP

Kelley Race, PG, LSP

Kelley Race is a Brownfields Program Manager at TRC, coordinating assessment, cleanup, and remediation activities across the United States, with a particular focus on the Northeast, Pennsylvania, and California, among others. She strategizes with communities, regional planning commissions, nonprofits, and developers on brownfields redevelopment including repurposing and adaptive reuse. Over her 25 year career, Ms. Race has managed over 200 Brownfields projects including those funded with USEPA Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup, and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) monies. Ms. Race manages redevelopment options/strategies, activities for additional assessment, coordination with EPA and state regulators, and public/community outreach activities. She focuses Brownfields activities to incorporate sustainable and green initiatives during the assessment, remedial, and reuse process. She has assisted numerous communities in developing funding strategies for Brownfields sites where EPA assessment dollars were leveraged to obtain EPA cleanup monies and EPA RLF subgrants and loans to support small redevelopment projects to multimillion dollar projects. Contact Kelley at krace@trcsolutions.com.

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