ACORE wins DOE prize for program supporting diverse renewable energy companies
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) has selected the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) as the winner of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Awarda “first-of-its-kind competition designed to support entrepreneurship and innovation in communities historically understaffed in federal funding of climate and energy technology.”
The prize money will be used to improve ACOREs Speed up the membership program, launched in December 2020 to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the renewable energy sector. The ACORE program helps advance small, emerging renewable energy companies owned and/or managed by leaders who identify as women, Asian-Indian, Asia-Pacific, Black, Hispanic, or Native American . Participating companies receive, among other benefits, a free two-year membership, training allowance, dedicated staff, free access to paid ACORE events, targeted industry briefings, pro-bono legal and advisory services, and exclusive networking opportunities.
“ACORE’s Accelerate members deliver transformational technical, socioeconomic and restorative justice claims that our industry and country need most,” said Constance Thompson, ACORE VP of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Programs. “This award enables us to increase our support for these pioneering companies, help them scale successfully through enhanced programming and a proven commitment to a just and equitable transition to a sustainable energy economy that embraces the diversity of better reflects our society.”
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