EPA and state leaders announce new Solar For All Program

Published: Jun. 28, 2023 at 5:58 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2023 at 8:03 PM EDT
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WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont’s congressional delegation hosted EPA leaders to announce a new solar initiative in Waterbury Wednesday.

It costs around $18,000, on average, to install a home solar system. But EPA officials say a new $7 billion dollar grant competition will help states install solar in Vermonters’ homes that can’t afford that price point.

The announcement comes after a recent report from Renewable Energy Vermont highlighted barriers from state regulators in approving solar projects.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan was among state officials and local business leaders on hand to discuss the new Solar For All Program. “We’re going to be on an ambitious timeline. But when you have $7 billion in capital beginning to flow through states, matched with private sector dollars that want to come off the sideline, I believe we can solve this problem in an expeditious fashion,” Regan said.

The program began as part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.