New Solar Energy Program Targets Underserved Ohio Communities –

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are partnering to administer a $156 million program to expand the use of renewable solar energy in traditionally underserved Ohio communities. 

“We are thrilled to support projects that will have direct and immediate impacts on the state’s economy, environment and public health. These funds are closing the gap in access to solar energy,” said Anne Vogel, Ohio EPA director. 

As part of the new program, the agencies will provide grants and low-cost financing for residential and community solar energy projects in disadvantaged areas of the state to lower electricity bills in low- to moderate-income households. The new program will focus on maximizing the number of underserved households with solar energy generation, delivering cost savings for families and improving air quality through decreased greenhouse gas emissions. 

“We look forward to dispersing these funds in ways that will dramatically impact the lives of people in low-income and disadvantaged communities,” said Christina O’Keeffe, OAQDA executive director. “These funds are designed to alleviate some of the financial burdens of our Ohio families while spurring economic growth and creating healthier air for all Ohioans.” 

The program is funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s federal Solar for All program, which announced funding for 60 solar energy programs Monday. Ohio’s project was selected through a competitive process. 

The distribution of the state’s $156 million award will start later this year. More information is available HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

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