$7 billion in solar grants announced by Biden administration on Earth Day


The Biden administration observed Earth Day on Monday by announcing $7 billion in solar grants—none in Oklahoma.

Some critics said it amounted to “pre-election political payouts” to gather support for President Biden’s re-election.

It was part of what the EPA called Solar for All grant competition to deliver residential solar projects to over 900,000 households nationwide. Sixty-organizations and groups were chosen including states, territories, Tribal governments, municipalities, and nonprofits across the country.

They were picked to develop long-lasting solar programs that enable low-income and disadvantaged communities to deploy and benefit from distributed residential solar, lowering energy costs for families, creating good-quality jobs in communities that have been left behind, advancing environmental justice and tackling climate change.

Funding came through the Inflation Reduction Act which created the EPA’s $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. A complete list of the selected applicants can be found on EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar for All website.

“Today we’re delivering on President Biden’s promise that no community is left behind by investing $7 billion in solar energy projects for over 900,000 households in low-income and disadvantaged communities,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.

“The selectees will advance solar energy initiatives across the country, creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, saving $8 billion in energy costs for families, delivering cleaner air, and combating climate change.”

“Sunlight is powering millions of homes across the nation, and we’re working hard to ensure Americans everywhere can benefit from this affordable clean energy resource,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.“DOE is proud to work alongside our partners at EPA and across the Federal government to help communities access the limitless energy of the sun to light their homes and power their businesses.”

The administration claimed the $7 billion investment will generate over $350 million in annual savings on electric bills for overburdened households. The program will reduce 30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions cumulatively, from over four gigawatts of solar energy capacity unlocked for low-income communities over five years.