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Herald Net: Editorial: Federal, state program will put more roofs to work

April 25, 2024
The Herald Editorial Board writes about federal Solar for All funding headed to Washington.

You might be closer to enjoying the benefits of rooftop-solar power — including a lower electric bill — than you might have realized.


Washington state will receive $156 million in federal funds for new state-managed programs to install rooftop solar on thousands of low- and moderate-income homes, on apartment buildings and other rental homes and build community and tribal solar facilities. The grants are part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $7 billion Solar for All program, funded through the federal Inflation Reduction Act that Congress passed in 2022.


Gov. Jay Inslee, part of a bipartisan alliance of states called the U.S. Climate Alliance, said the federal investment in solar would ‘save hardworking families billions on their energy bills, improve health, and support local jobs and businesses.’”

About the Alliance

Launched on June 1, 2017 by the governors of Washington, New York, and California to help fill the void left by the previous administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Alliance has grown to include 24 governors from across the U.S. representing approximately 60% of the U.S. economy and 55% of the U.S. population. Governors in the Alliance have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, at least 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, and collectively achieve overall net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050.


The Alliance’s states and territories continue to demonstrate that climate action goes hand-in-hand with economic growth, job creation, and better public health. While reducing emissions by 18% between 2005 and 2021, Alliance members grew their collective GDP by nearly 30%. The coalition’s states and territories are employing more workers in the clean energy sector, achieving lower levels of dangerous air pollutants, and preparing more effectively for climate impacts and executing more pre-disaster planning than the rest of the country.