Solar for All
On June 28, 2023, EPA released the $7 billion Solar for All Notice of Funding Opportunity. Through this competition, Solar for All will award up to 60 grants to states, territories, Tribal governments, municipalities, and nonprofits to expand the number of low-income and disadvantaged communities primed for residential solar investment—enabling millions of low-income households to access affordable, resilient, and clean solar energy.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity for this competition details the application requirements and formally requests applications. EPA also hosted a public webinar on this NOFO (details below).
This unprecedented Solar for All program is another example of how the Investing in America agenda is delivering for families across the country. Through Solar for All, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will transform the status quo, putting billions of dollars of solar panels on the homes of low-income families and closing the equity gap in access to solar energy.
- Notice of Funding Opportunity
- Notice of Intent
- Registering your Organization to Apply
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Webinar about this NOFO
- Additional Resources
Application packages must be submitted on or before September 26, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) through Grants.gov. Learn about an important update to the Solar for All Notice of Funding Opportunity.
All applicants are required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to be eligible to apply to the Solar for All competition. An NOI is required for each application the applicant anticipates submitting. Detailed instructions on what to include in your NOI and how to submit a NOI are explained in the Solar for All Notice of Funding Opportunity in Section I.F: Required Notice of Intent (page 18). The deadline to submit an NOI has passed for all applicants. EPA will not offer extensions for entities that did not submit an NOI.
EPA has released a list of Notice of Intent Letters that EPA has received from entities applying to Solar for All as:
Notice of Intent Deadlines
- July 31, 2023 for states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; DEADLINE PASSED
- August 14, 2023 for territories (specifically, The Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), municipalities, and eligible nonprofit recipients; DEADLINE PASSED
- August 28, 2023 for Tribal governments and Intertribal Consortia; DEADLINE PASSED
If applying in a coalition, regardless of the type of applicant, only the lead applicant is required to submit an NOI according to the applicable requirements that pertain to that type of lead applicant (e.g., if an eligible nonprofit recipient is the lead applicant of a coalition, the deadline for the NOI was August 14th, 2023).
EPA will not be reviewing or making determinations about an applicant’s eligibility based solely on the information provided in the Notice of Intent; EPA will determine an applicant’s eligibility based on the information provided in the full application. To understand if you are an eligible applicant, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and Section III.A: Eligible Applicants and Section III.C: Threshold Eligibility Criteria of the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
All applicants for a federal grant must have an active SAM.gov and Grants.gov registration in order to apply. You should register in these systems now if you think you may apply. The process can take a month or more for new registrants.
This webpage will be regularly updated with commonly asked questions about this grant competition. Please send any additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to review the NOFO, supplementary resources, and participate in any webinars prior to emailing questions.
On Monday, September 11, 2023, EPA hosted a webinar to explain changes to the Notice of Funding Opportunity. To request slides used in the webinar as well as an audio recording and transcript of the webinar, please email email@example.com.
EPA’s Solar for All competition hosted an informational webinar to provide information on the Solar for All grant competition and the application process on July 12, 2023, 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET.
The webinar recording and a copy of the slides used in this webinar can be found below.
The following list includes optional resources which may prove helpful to applicants in developing their Solar for All applications.