ComEd engaged the Chicago Community Trust (CCT), an Illinois foundation that works to transform lives and communities, to develop and administer a rigorous RFP process to evaluate proposed solar pipeline training grantees and their programs. CCT, with the help of a Technical Review Committee and Policy Review Committee made up of workforce development, energy markets, community development and organizational capacity experts evaluated all proposals. Grantees selected to receive funding were determined based on the following criteria: geographic reach, experience delivering workforce training programs and alignment with the goals of the FEJA legislation, including successful recruitment, training, and placement of trainees who are or were foster children and Returning Citizens.As Peggy Davis, Chief Officer Programs and Strategic Integration at The Chicago Community Trust, remarked, "Our partnership with ComEd gives us the chance to support the workforce development goals of FEJA while helping Illinois pivot to a green economy. We are confident that the organizations we selected to receive financial support align well with our shared goal of building sustainable communities and an inclusive economy, especially among those who have experienced hardship." Funding for all three workforce training initiatives outlined by the FEJA - Multicultural Training efforts, a Craft Apprenticeship program, and now, Solar Pipeline training - will be disbursed before the end of this year. The Future Energy Jobs Act was passed last December with broad bipartisan support from more than 200 businesses, labor, environmental, faith-based and other groups and became effective in June. The historic legislation will help create thousands of clean energy jobs, provides funding for job training and also will help jumpstart renewables in Illinois - setting the stage to grow enough solar and wind energy to power one million homes. In addition it will significantly expands energy efficiency programs, creating more than $4 billion in consumer savings and reducing the amount of CO2 in the air equivalent to removing 18 million cars from the road. Further, the FEJA contains significant programs for low-income communities and extends ComEd's customer assistance programs through 2021.
About ComEdCommonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. About Chicago Community Trust The Chicago Community Trust, our region's community foundation, partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives and communities. The Trust connects the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. Since our founding in 1915, the Trust has awarded approximately $2 billion in grant funding to more than 11,000 local nonprofit organizations - including more than $236 million in 2016. Learn more at www.cct.org .