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EPA Awards Billions in Grant Funding for Solar Projects, Including DC's Solar For All Program

Last month the Biden Administration kicked off Earth Week with a big announcement: the EPA awarded 7 billion dollars in grant funding to Solar for All programs. These funds will enable over 900,000 low and moderate income households across the country to access solar power projects.

The grantees include states, territories, Tribal governments, municipalities, and nonprofits that span the entire country. The organizations applied through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which was made possible through the Inflation Reduction Act. 

DC's DOEE Receives Over 62 Million in Funding for Solar For All Program

If Solar for All sounds familiar, it’s because DC launched its own solar program in 2016. This program was included in the grantees, receiving over 62 million dollars, which will bring solar to an estimated 19,000 households over the course of the next five years. This will boost the DC’s existing goal of bringing 100,000 solar systems to low and middle income households by 2032. The program has already provided 9,604 DC households with over 37 megawatts of solar energy, which makes up around $5 million in annual utility savings. 

Head of Solar Solution’s Community Partnerships Yassin Khalid said, “We're thrilled that these funds will be used to bolster and expand the District’s Solar for All Program for years to come. This will better ensure that homeowners of all financial backgrounds can participate in helping the city reach its clean energy goals.”

DC’s funding comes just weeks after the DC Sustainable Energy Utility announced the cancellation of the 2024 Solar for All program due to this year’s budget cuts. Anyone looking to participate in the Solar for All program will have to wait until 2025 to apply. Alternatively, DC residents interested in free solar may still be eligible for no cost solar through private funding. Because Solar Solution is an authorized DCSEU contractor, residents can speak directly with a solar consultant  to find out if they qualify for Solar for All or Solar Solution’s in-house free solar program.  

Considering the budget cuts, this federal award comes at a great time to potentially bolster the DC Solar for All initiative. Solar Solution hopes this new funding will help bring clean energy savings to the rooftops of families who need it the most.

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