EPA grants $7 billion for solar energy accessibility

May 6, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted $7 billion in Solar for All grants to 60 entities to bring solar energy to low-income households. The money comes from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, a $27 billion program dedicated to combatting climate change.

Selectees will help mobilize solar energy for more than 900,000 houses by creating or further developing low-income solar programs. Of the 60 selected applicants, 49 are state level awards, six are awards to tribal communities, and five are multi-state awards.

The program has three objectives: reduce climate and air pollution, aid low-income and underserved communities and create more funding for solar energy. Programs like Grid Alternatives’ Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) follow these principles by equitably providing solar access to renters.

Leveraging reusable energy such as solar power not only reduces greenhouse gases, but conserves energy costs. The EPA estimates that this award will save households $350 million annually.

The Solar for All awardees include:

  • $249.3 million for a multistate nonprofit, Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Inc., to expand and implement the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Community Solar Partnership and Community Power Accelerator program.
  • $249.8 million to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to strengthen the state’s existing solar, technical support and worker development programs.
  • $249.7 million to Texas’ Harris County to help communities be better prepared for power outages by funding solar installation, battery storage and energy-efficient home upgrades.

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Gracie Warhurst

Gracie Warhurst has joined Strategic Partnerships, Inc. as a writer and digital content creator for the new Government Market News portal. With a rich background in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, Warhurst has experience as editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, assistant web editor, and project manager for an AI journalism project. She also contributed as a reporter during the development of SPI's news portal. Warhurst graduated summa cum laude in December 2023 with a Bachelor's in Journalism and a certificate in creative writing, making her a valuable asset to the SPI team.

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