4 takeaways from Biden’s $7B solar grant announcement

By Jean Chemnick | 04/23/2024 06:25 AM EDT

The awards will help government agencies and nonprofits stand up programs to deploy solar power and storage to low-income communities.

President Joe Biden speaks at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia.

President Joe Biden speaks at Prince William Forest Park on Earth Day on Monday in Triangle, Virginia. Biden announced $7 billion in federal grants to provide residential solar projects serving low- and middle-income communities and expanding his American Climate Corps green jobs training program. Jose Luis Magana/AP

President Joe Biden marked Earth Day on Monday by naming the winners of low-income solar grants, capping off the competitive phase of his climate law’s largest nontax program.

The $7 billion in grants — which will go to state and tribal agencies as well as nonprofits — are part of the so-called Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. EPA unveiled the winners of the $27 billion fund’s two other grant competitions earlier this month.

Biden announced the Solar for All awards at a national park in Virginia, calling the climate crisis an “existential threat” worthy of national mobilization. He blasted Republicans for standing in the way of that effort.


“They want to take us backwards,” he said. “I’m determined — absolutely determined — [that] we move forward.”