Maryland LCV Education Fund Celebrates Maryland Clean Energy Center’s Solar for All Grant

Annapolis, MD – The Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (Maryland LCV Education Fund) applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) as a recipient of the Solar for All grant. Projects funded through the Solar for All program will lower energy bills for millions of Americans, provide equitable access to clean energy, reduce pollution, increase power resiliency, invest in local business and create quality jobs. This federal investment will also spur the investment of private capital to stimulate even more clean energy projects in undercapitalized markets. 

Maryland LCV Education Fund offered the following statement:

“We are thrilled to be part of the Maryland Solar for All initiative, led by the Maryland Clean Energy Center,” said Kim Coble, Executive Director of Maryland LCV Education Fund. “This grant will enable us to work alongside MCEC and other partners to bring the benefits of solar energy to low-income and underserved communities across Maryland, particularly in the Latino community”

“Through our Chispa Maryland program, we’ll work closely with MCEC to develop outreach programs, build trust with community leaders, and make access to solar technologies easier for everyone.”, Coble continued. “This grant is a big step towards achieving environmental justice and empowering communities that have been disproportionately burdened by pollution.” 

Solar energy is a critical component in reaching 100% clean energy and is integral to Maryland’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan. As a renewable energy source, solar energy plays a pivotal role in curbing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing climate change, and protecting the health of Marylanders.

Today’s announcement is critical, as low-income and disadvantaged communities have been left behind in the rapid deployment of residential distributed solar generation that has been occuring nationwide. Those communities also face an average energy burden, in terms of the proportion of income spent on energy, that is three times higher than non-low-income households.

One hundred percent of the funding awarded today is dedicated toward distributed solar investments to benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities. The funds can be used for residential rooftop solar, residential-serving community solar, infrastructure to store solar generated power from these projects, and energy and building upgrades necessary to deploy and/or maximize the benefits of these projects.

Maryland LCV Education Fund looks forward to collaborating with MCEC and its partners to make solar energy more accessible and affordable for all Marylanders. The organization is committed to ensuring that the benefits of clean energy are shared equitably throughout the state.