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Solar for All

Solar for All

The Solar for All (SFA) Program is designed to expand existing programs or support new programs for residential-serving solar to benefit low-income and disadvantaged households.

The SFA Program has three objectives:
  1.  Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.
  2.  Deliver benefits of greenhouse gas-reducing and air pollution-reducing projects to American communities, particularly low-income and disadvantaged communities.
  3.  Mobilize financing and private capital to stimulate additional deployment of greenhouse gas- and air pollution-reduction projects.
 
The Minnesota Commerce Department, Division of Energy Resources is leading an application under the SFA Award Option for State and Territory Programs. Commerce intends to apply for the maximum award size allowed for Minnesota, which is $100 million over 5 years. EPA requires that states allocate at least 75% of funds are used for financial assistance, which Commerce proposes to do across five (5) program areas, detailed below and here. Commerce proposes to allocate the remainder for project-deployment technical assistance and to implement an Equitable Access and Meaningful Involvement Plan.
 
Financial Assistance Program Areas ($75M)
(1) Single-Family Home Credit Enhancements -- $10M
(2) Manufactured Home Grants Aligned with Weatherization -- $1M
(3) Multifamily Forgivable Lending -- $14M
(4) Community-Owned Community Solar Lending -- $35M
(5) Tribal Development Funding -- $15M
Technical Assistance, Meaningful Involvement Plan, and Program Admin. ($25M)
Total Program ($100M)
 
Commerce is seeking input from stakeholders on the proposed allocation of funds and high-level program concepts. Please send feedback to fedquestions.commerce@state.mn.us by October 3, 2023.
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