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Carbondale Awarded $100,000 Energizing Rural Communities Prize

 Tall grass in the forefront of a rural community in the distance.
Jake Gard

The City of Carbondale, in partnership with the Village of Dowell, is one of sixty-seven winners in the first phase of the Department of Energy’s $6.7M Energizing Rural Communities Prize. This prize challenges individuals and organizations to develop partnership and financing strategies to improve rural and remote communities’ energy systems and advance clean energy demonstration projects. Each of the awardees will receive $100,000, in-kind-mentorship services, and eligibility to compete in phase two of the prize to win an additional $200,000.

This award is part of the $150M+ American-Made Challenge, a series of prize competitions designed to incentivize the nation to re-energize innovation and re-assert American leadership in the energy marketplace.

The City of Carbondale intends to use the funds awarded to conduct concurrent legal and technical analysis of a revenue-positive and replicable rural energy system model that fosters equitable American self-sufficiency and lasting prosperity for our Nation’s recovering energy communities.

For more information, contact Planner & Sustainability Coordinator Lauren Becker lbecker@explorecarbondale.com

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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