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CVSC lauds $124M federal award to launch new statewide residential solar program and expand renewable energy generation

COLUMBIA, SC—South Carolina was awarded nearly $125 million in federal funding Monday to launch new statewide programs that will expand residential-serving community solar and grow its clean energy workforce, fueling renewable energy solutions to the Palmetto State’s growing energy generation demands. 

The South Carolina Office of Resilience (SCOR) will receive $124,440,000 to launch its Community Solar Initiative, a distributed solar generation program to install solar on single-family and multi-family homes for income-qualified homeowners and renters, and a Solar Innovation Fund designed to expand solar opportunities and deploy energy storage technologies that increase resiliency. SCOR’s initiatives will build on existing solar training programs to help grow the workforce needed to deploy solar to more South Carolina households and communities.

SCOR was one of 60 successful applicants that competed against states and other entities from across the country for funding through the $7 billion Solar for All Program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and established by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund within the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Selected applications include 49 state-level awards, six awards to Tribes, and five multistate awards that span the country, according to EPA.

“Pursuing this unprecedented, $124 million federal investment shows that the state recognizes the vital role of solar and other renewable energy solutions in South Carolina’s energy generation mix,” said Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) President John Tynan. “As evidenced by this federal award, and more than $13 billion in clean energy manufacturing investments with over 16,000 jobs announced since August 2022, South Carolina is helping to lead the transition away from polluting coal-fired plants and speculative natural gas facilities of the past, and advancing toward a clean energy future that expands jobs and economic opportunity and improves health, wellness, and grid reliability in our communities.”

According to EPA, the 60 selected applicants will create new or expand existing low-income solar programs, which will enable over 900,000 households in low-income and disadvantaged communities to benefit from distributed solar energy. Collectively, these programs will deliver on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund’s objectives by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution, delivering cost savings on electric bills for overburdened households, and unlocking new markets for distributed solar in 25 states and territories that have never had a statewide low-income solar program before. 

Click here to view EPA’s announcement 

Click here to view a table listing the 60 selected applicants

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