The Inflation Reduction Act that was signed into law last summer included the greatest investment in climate care provisions in history. These provisions are imperative in addressing the urgent moral issue of climate justice.
Included in the Inflation Reduction Act are clean energy tax credits for wind and solar, EVs, efficiency upgrades, and heat pumps, among other things. These credits are available to nonprofits, as well, including religious congregations.
In addition, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that also passed last year provides the Department of Energy with $50 million over five years for an "energy efficiency materials pilot program" for nonprofit organizations. This new program will provide grants of up to $200,000 to nonprofits to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities.
Join IPL, the Environmental and Energy Studies Insitute, and our partners on December 8th at 4 pm Eastern/1 pm Pacific for a briefing to learn about the upcoming federal benefits that can help houses of worship do energy work on their facilities.
Federal agencies are still in the process of developing the programs for the Inflation Reduction Act. This briefing will provide an overview of what benefits were included in the Inflation Reduction Act for nonprofits and houses of worship, with a deep dive into the new Department of Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency Materials Pilot Program, and when we can expect to see them become available.
Register for the briefing here. If you aren’t able to make it but would like to be sent the recording and materials shared please register and we’ll send them after the briefing.
As people of faith and conscience, reducing the climate impact of our houses of worship is an opportunity to care for one another and for our common home.
Community Engagement and Programs Director
P.S. Learn more about federal funding for energy work at houses of worship in this IPL blog post and check out this faith community resource spreadsheet to help houses of worship identify federal grant and tax credit opportunities that are available.