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MI Solar for All

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

MI Solar for All

The State of Michigan has been awarded $156 million for the MI Solar for All program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The MI Solar for All program will support solar development for thousands of households in low-income and disadvantaged communities across Michigan through direct financial assistance for rooftop solar, community solar, and energy storage.

April 22, 2024: Gov. Whitmer announces $156 million from Biden-Harris Administration to cut the cost of solar for thousands of low-income households in Michigan

If you are interested in staying up to date on this program, being informed of upcoming engagement opportunities, and/or want to know how you can get involved in the program, please fill out our interest form!

MI Solar for All Interest Form

Solar for All overview

On June 28, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a $7 billion Solar for All Notice of Funding Opportunity. Through a competitive process, the EPA has awarded Solar for All 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.

Michigan applied for the maximum award in its size category, to be distributed across the residential and community solar sectors. Read the full Michigan Solar for All application.

What is Solar for All?

The $7 billion Solar for All competition awarded 60 grants to states, territories, Tribal governments, municipalities, and eligible nonprofit recipients across the United States to expand the number of low-income and disadvantaged communities primed for distributed solar investment—enabling millions of low-income households to access affordable, resilient, and clean solar energy. 

This program will help deliver on the climate and Environmental Justice goals of the United States. To achieve these goals, Solar for All grantees will provide subsidies and other financial assistance to residential rooftop and residential-serving community solar projects in and benefiting low-income and disadvantaged communities in addition to project deployment technical assistance such as workforce development, community outreach, and other project-deployment support (e.g., interconnection technical assistance, siting and permitting support) to help overcome barriers to solar deployment. 

Benefits of Solar for All programs

Under EPA guidelines, all Solar for All programs must facilitate the deployment or advantages of solar energy for low-income and disadvantaged communities, offering one or more significant benefits as outlined below. 

*Specific project criteria for implementation are subject to change based on the planning year. 

1

Household savings

Delivers a minimum 20% of household savings to program beneficiaries

2

Equitable access to solar

Increases low-income and disadvantaged households’ access to solar through financing products and deployment options.

3

Resilience benefits

Increases resiliency and grid benefits by creating capacity that can deliver power to low-income and disadvantaged households and/or critical facilities serving low-income and disadvantaged households during a grid outage.

4

Community ownership

Facilitates ownership models that support low-income households and communities building equity in projects

5

Workforce development and entrepreneurship

Invests in quality jobs and businesses in line with the Administration's Good Jobs Principles and Executive Order 14082 (Implementation of the Energy and Infrastructure Provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022). 

Program timeline

  • October 2023: State submitted EPA Solar for All Application October 12, 2023.
  • April 2024: EPA announced Solar for All Awards April 22, 2024.
  • Spring 2024: Planning Consultant Request for Proposals (RFP) is released and reviewed.
  • May 2024: Conference Engagement Session on May 16, 2024.
  • Fall 2024: MISFA planning year begins.
  • July 2024 – June 2025: MISFA program design and stakeholder engagement.
  • Winter 2025: MISFA Program Implementor Request for Proposal (RFP) released.
  • July 2025: MISFA program rollout begins.
  • July 2025 – June 2029: MISFA Program Implementation

The State of Michigan submitted its application on October 12, 2023. EPA awards were made April 22, 2024, with fund distribution to the state by late-September 2024.

The EPA requires that the Solar for All program operates within a five-year performance period, during which all allocated funds must be utilized. 

The State anticipates taking full advantage of the one-year planning period permitted by the EPA within this timeframe.

The MISFA team is engaged in ongoing community engagement and program design activities. We anticipate providing ongoing opportunities for engagement and feedback on various elements of the program design, including requests for comments and public meetings.

Engagement opportunities

If you are interested in staying up to date on this program, being informed of upcoming engagement opportunities, and/or want to know how you can get involved in the program, please fill out our interest form!

MI Solar for All Interest Form