The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is coordinating a statewide application in pursuit of EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Solar for All Program Funding.
MCEC is building a collaborative working partnership with state, local and municipal government agencies, NGOs, labor and workforce training organizations, financing organizations, industry leaders, contractors and project developers. Work sessions will also be held weekly on Thursday mornings, at 11:00 AM, through mid- September to coordinate an application submittal by the September 26, 2023 deadline.
The $7 billion Solar for All competition will award up to 60 grants to states, territories, tribal governments, municipalities, and eligible nonprofit recipients to expand solar access to low-income and disadvantaged households. The EPA expects the maximum award to one entity to be $400 million and the minimum to be $25 million.
All financial assistance is intended to enable low-income and disadvantaged communities to deploy and benefit from solar, storage, and enabling upgrades. EPA will evaluate proposals more favorably if the applicant proposes to use 75% of program funds or more on financial assistance. Funds may be used for Technical Assistance for project deployment such as for workforce training, customer outreach and education, siting, permitting, and interconnection support etc. Program Administration such as financial and administrative reporting, compliance, activities to support, monitor, oversee, and audit subrecipients, contractors, and program beneficiaries, etc., are also allowed.
Under this collaborative effort to apply for funding, MCEC would act as the lead entity to manage the use of funds, compliance with associated requirements for use of funds and reporting for any award. Sub awards are allowed to eligible entities. MCEC does intend to develop and implement programmatic strategies to encourage leveraging of public funds with private investment to maximize the use of federal and state resources through this initiative. An intake form to collect Expressions of Interest along with a Memorandum of Agreement to ascertain partners will be circulated through the MCEC subscriber list serve and through various partner networks. MCEC will also release a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) to collect specific project, program and financing models that may be eligible for funding through a Solar for All Award in Maryland.
Inquiries about these efforts can be directed to Amy Gillespie, MCEC Grant Management & Compliance Officer.