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State seeking federal funding for residential solar program

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has issued a Request for Proposals to find a contractor to help the agency respond to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently launched Solar for All program.

The $7 billion program is designed to fund residential solar efforts with the goal of lowering energy costs for families in low-income and disadvantaged areas.

Up to 60 grants will be awarded to states, territories, tribes, municipalities, and eligible not-for-profits to create or expand their own low-income solar programs.

The IHCDA is applying for funding on behalf of the state in the “Medium Program” category of Solar for All, which could award between $100 million and $250 million.

Through the RFP, the IHCDA is seeking a partner to assist in developing its response to the Solar for All program, which is due by Sept. 26. That would include assisting in preparing budgets, narratives, obtaining letters of support or other relevant materials, as well as conducting research into the solar marketplace and current landscape in Indiana.

Additionally, the contractor would also help design an effective residential solar program. Part of that effort would be to draft a second RFP to find a firm that would serve as program administrator.

The IHCDA noted that the firm selected through the first RFP would not be eligible to be selected in the second RFP.

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 14 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You can view the full RFP by clicking here.

The EPA first announced the Solar for All program in late June. The funding for the program comes from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, a $27 billion investment that was established through last year’s Inflation Reduction Act.

“Solar for All will accelerate the deployment of residential solar in communities that for too long have lacked access to the cost-saving benefits of clean energy generation at home,” Senior Advisor and Acting Director of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Jahi Wise said in a news release. “The Solar for All program strengthens low-income and disadvantaged community-focused solar programs across the country, bringing long-needed cost-savings and pollution reduction to American communities.”

You can learn more about Solar for All by clicking here.

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Green New Deal is Fascist August 1, 2023 at 11:35 am

…Because solar panels in Indiana make so much sense….

out of 365 days last year, the Fort Wayne area experienced +/- 91 days of “Sunny”, “mostly sunny”, “partly cloudy” weather…that’s right…25% of the days were sunshine. I suspect the rest of Indiana is not far off that number.

Solar panels and windmills are not the answer…but they will be just another problem once their service life expires. I can’t wait to see more Solar Panel and Turbine Blade graveyards like they have out West….

This climate change nonsense is just a means to control everyone. BTW: “Climate change” is a redundant phrase since the Earth’s Climate is always changing…

Slacker06 August 2, 2023 at 10:36 am

IF this is a new and fantastic idea we DO NOT NEED federal or other government money or incentive to buy these sketchy systems. Did we need federal money to sell Tickle Me Elmo dolls? There is no provision whatsoever int he US Constitution for the feds to borrow and spend money on solar panels or electric vehicles This is a giant scam and the only ones to make out are politicians trying to convince you they care and the panel makers like Solyndra. OOPS! Solyndra ,despite $billions in federal; money still went bankrupt. WAKE UP. THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH. THE CLIMATE CHANGE FOOLS ARE ONLY TRYING TO LINE THEIR OWN POCKETS with your money. Federal money means I am paying for someone else’s stuff. That means I do nto have the money I earned to pay for the stuff I or my family wants.


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