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Solar For All Grant Funding Announced

By Lori Lovely | Jun 18, 2024
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The Environmental Protection Agency awarded winners of a $7 billion grant competition in April.

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The Environmental Protection Agency awarded winners of a $7 billion grant competition in April. The Solar For Allgrant is available to states, territories, municipalities and eligible nonprofits through the Inflation Reduction Act’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which seeks to provide low-income and disadvantaged households access to affordable solar energy.

The EPA chose the Indiana Solar for All Coalition, one of 113 nonprofits competing for funds in the program. The Coalition consists of organizations and cities working toward energy justice to make the funds available to community projects and residents. Led by the Indiana Community Action Association, the group includes Black Sun Light Sustainability (in partnership with the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP), the Indiana Energy Independence Fund, Energy Matters Community Coalition, Faith in Place, Solar United Neighbors of Indiana, Earth Charter Indiana and the cities of Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Gary.

Funds from the Solar For All grant are expected to be applied to projects aimed at producing a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as for energy resilience, improved air quality, new jobs in the green technology sector and energy savings for struggling communities.

Some of the winning projects by the Indiana Coalition are new community solar installations and customer-owned solar, in accordance with the goals of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Community solar provides access to clean energy for renters in multifamily dwellings, low-income and disadvantaged families, and people with less-than-ideal rooftop space.

“The sun shines everywhere, but historically, not everyone has been able to benefit from solar energy,” said Solar United Neighbors’ Indiana program director, Zach Schalk, one of the grant winners. “Solar for All offers an unprecedented opportunity to equitably expand access to the benefits of local solar energy to more Hoosiers than ever before. This investment will empower families around the state to save money and take control of where their energy comes from."

About The Author

Lori Lovely is an award-winning writer and editor in central Indiana. She writes on technical topics, heavy equipment, automotive, motorsports, energy, water and wastewater, animals, real estate, home improvement, gardening and more. Reach her at: [email protected]


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