Kentucky to get $62.4 million in solar energy funding for low-income and disadvantaged communities – WKYT

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Solar energy has been growing in Kentucky over the past several years. Now a $62.5 million investment will make this growth more accessible to lower income and disadvantaged communities.

“The tornadoes in Western Kentucky and the massive floods that occurred in Eastern Kentucky. I believe this grant has the opportunity to help a lot of those families that were harmed by those disasters, and hopefully, it will extend to other parts of the state, as well,” said Andy McDonald, the Director of Apogee Climate & Energy Transitions in Frankfort.

Also with Solarize Frankfort, Andy McDonald said solar is the cheapest source of energy available, but the equipment needed to transform the sun into energy costs a lot to install. He said this EPA investment will change that for people who need it most.

“The cost of energy is a major part of any family’s budget. But particularly for low-income families or people in depressed parts of the state, it’s an even greater burden for those families,” McDonald said.

So, helping people reduce or eliminate the cost of electricity will allow them to invest their money in other needs their families have.

“Solar energy is a resource that can help us address environmental problems and at the same time make the air cleaner for people, and spur our economic development.”

And McDonald hopes this is just the start.

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