Arizona Wins Clean Energy Grant to Expand Access to Low-Cost Energy Options for Over 11,000 Arizonans

Phoenix, AZ ~ Phoenix, AZ - The Governor's Office of Resiliency (OOR) has been granted $156 million from the EPA's Solar for All program to improve access to solar energy for all residents of Arizona. This initiative, known as Solar for All Arizonans, aims to deploy 61 MW of new solar resources throughout the state, benefiting low-income families, renters, and rural and Tribal communities.

Governor Katie Hobbs expressed her enthusiasm for the program, stating that it will not only provide clean and affordable electricity to Arizona families but also create job opportunities in various communities. She believes that this program will have a significant impact on lowering energy costs for thousands of Arizonans.

The Solar for All Arizonans program is expected to bring numerous benefits to families across the state. It is estimated that participating families will save over $164 million on their utility bills, allowing them to allocate more funds towards essential expenses such as food and medicine. OOR plans to collaborate with electric utilities, particularly Tribal utility authorities, to implement neighborhood-scale solar projects and provide bill credits for those living in multi-family housing. Additionally, over 300 rural households will have access to solar plus battery systems, ensuring uninterrupted electricity service.

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OOR Director Maren Mahoney expressed her excitement about partnering with financing institutions and community-based organizations to make distributed solar and battery benefits available in all parts of Arizona. She emphasized the importance of energy access and affordability in a state known for its long and hot summers. Mahoney also highlighted Arizona's leadership in clean energy generation and believes that this program will open new opportunities for families who were previously unable to tap into the benefits of clean energy.

The Office of Resiliency plans to launch the Solar for All Arizonans program by the end of 2024. With this initiative, OOR hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of Arizonans by providing them with clean and affordable energy options.

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