EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar For All Program

The Inflation Reduction Act authorized EPA to implement the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, a historic $27 billion investment to mobilize financing and private capital to combat the climate crisis and ensure American economic competitiveness. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will deliver lower energy costs and economic revitalization to communities, particularly those that have historically been left behind.

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will be implemented via three grant competitions, as described below. EPA recently released the Notices of Funding Opportunity for these competitions: the $14 billion National Clean Investment Fund, the $6 billion Clean Communities Investment Accelerator, and the $7 billion Solar for All competition.

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar For All program is designed to achieve the following program objectives:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.
  • Deliver the benefits of greenhouse gas- and air pollution-reducing projects to American communities, particularly low-income and disadvantaged communities.
  • Mobilize financing and private capital to stimulate additional deployment of greenhouse gas and air pollution reducing projects.

Click the link to see EPA's list of other states that have submitted a Notice of Intent.

OER will be hosting a public meeting announcing the funding opportunity on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 6:00 PM. No registration is necessary.

The link to attend this meeting virtually can be found here.

This meeting will also be held in-person in the Narragansett Room at RI Commerce, located at 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, RI, 02908. 

Public Comments are due by 11:59 PM on Friday, September 15, 2023.

Click here to access the public comment webpage.

Click here to access the meeting agenda 

Click here to access the slide deck

Request for Information

The Office of Energy Resources sought information in regards to the Solar For All Application to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Components of Potential Redesigned Community Remote Net Metering (CRNM) Program. The RFI requested stakeholder information in response to a series of questions related to a key component of OER’s application to the U.S. EPA’s Solar for All funding opportunity pursuant to P.L. 117-169 – Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 [congress.gov].

OER requested response to the questions in the RFI, to the best of your ability and on company or organizational letterhead, to be sent to Cal Brown (cbrown@seadvantage.com) and Jacob Nichols (jnichols@seadvantage.com) at Sustainable Energy Advantage (SEA), copying Shauna Beland (shauna.beland@energy.ri.gov), Karen Bradbury (karen.bradbury@energy.ri.gov) and Abigail Hasenfus (abigail.hasenfus@energy.ri.gov) from OER. Responses were due no later than Friday, September 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Please note that all submissions are posted publicly to this webpage.

DISCLAIMER: The questions in the RFI above pertain to a potential expansion and redesign of the existing Community Remote Net Metering (CRNM) program. Though OER has been authorized, via the recently-enacted Chapter 300 – An Act Relative to Public Utilities and Carriers – Net Metering, to design such a program and file it for the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission’s potential approval, the filing of such a program is contingent on the receipt of funds from the federal government for grants for eligible projects.