Mr. Heidbreder has joined 18 other superintendents from school districts across the state to partner and participate in the writing of a competitive microgrid grant through the Department of Energy, Grid Deployment Office and Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations. This grant is a 50% matching grant for solar energy, battery storage, electric buses, level 2 EV renewable energy chargers and solar arrays. Illinois Energy Consortium Powered by Future Green (IEC-FG) is committed to provide the other 50% with a solar power purchase agreement. Each site will receive close to $4 million of equipment/installation at no cost if the grant is awarded. The application for the grant is due March 17 and award notification will be made this coming summer.