Biden Marks Earth Day By Announcing $7 Billion In Solar Power Grants

"WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is marking Earth Day by announcing $7 billion in federal grants for residential solar projects serving 900,000-plus households in low- and middle-income communities. He also plans to expand his New Deal-style American Climate Corps green jobs training program.

The grants are being awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency, which unveiled the 60 recipients on Monday. The projects are expected to eventually reduce emissions by the equivalent of 30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and save households $350 million annually, according to senior administration officials.

Biden’s latest environmental announcements come as he is working to energize young voters for his reelection campaign. Young people were a key part of a broad but potentially fragile coalition that helped him defeat then-President Donald Trump in 2020. Some have joined protests around the country of the administration’s handling of Israel’s war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip."

Alexa St. John and Will Weissert report for the Associated Press April 22, 2024.


"On Earth Day, Biden Is Launching A New Site To Apply For Climate Corps" (NPR)

"EPA To Unleash $7B For Low-Income Solar Projects" (E&E News)

Source: AP, 04/22/2024