The U.S. EPA's Solar for All competitive grant program, made available under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund is focused on providing benefits from solar energy to low-income households and disadvantaged communities.
On June 28, 2023, the US EPA released a $7 billion Solar for All Notice of Funding Opportunity
. Through a competitive process, EPA will award up to 60 Solar for All grants to states, territories, Tribal governments, municipalities, and nonprofits to expand the number of low-income and disadvantaged communities primed for residential solar investment—enabling millions of low-income households to access affordable, resilient, and clean solar energy.
The Oregon Solar for All Coalition applied for this competitive award, with ODOE serving as the coalition lead and Energy Trust of Oregon and Bonneville Environmental Foundation as fellow coalition members. ODOE submitted its Notice of Intent to US EPA on July 28, 2023 and received legislative approval to apply for the grant. The final grant application was submitted to the US EPA on October 11, 2023.
The U.S. EPA is looking to fund programs that accomplish three main objectives:
- Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.
- Deliver benefits to greenhouse gas- and air pollution-reducing projects to American communities, particularly low-income and disadvantaged communities.
- Mobilize financing and private capital to stimulate additional deployment of greenhouse gas- and air pollution-reducing projects.
The US EPA anticipates selection decisions in Spring 2024 with award agreements expected to be in place on July 1, 2024. If selected, the Oregon Solar For All Coalition intends to use the first year of the program for additional planning. Read the narrative submitted for this application
for additional details. Please note, however, that if the Oregon Solar for All Coalition is selected for award, our proposal is subject to change based on potential negotiations with US EPA.
|July 31, 2023||Notice of Intent Due |
|August 8, 2023||Webinar Overview (see details below)|
|October 11, 2023||Oregon Application Submitted (read narrative here)|
|Summer 2024||Anticipated funding disbursement (if selected)|