~ The City of St. Louis has been selected as one of the 60 recipients of the Solar for All grant competition, announced by the Biden-Harris Administration's Environmental Protection Agency on Earth Day. The total amount awarded to these selectees is a whopping $7 billion.

This initiative aims to provide residential solar projects to over 900,000 households across the country. St. Louis has been chosen as part of two different coalition groups, namely the Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority (EIERA) and the Industrial Heartland Solar Coalition. The combined awards for these two coalitions amount to more than $300 million, with the exact allocation for St. Louis yet to be determined.

Mayor Tishaura O. Jones expressed her excitement about this achievement, stating that "St. Louis City is at the forefront of the fight for our future." She further added that their proposals included expanding their Healthy Homes Program to include solar panels and requesting the state to start a low-interest loan program for solar and storage. The Mayor emphasized that sustainability issues are intersectional and have a direct impact on public health outcomes and quality of life.

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The EIERA, a quasi-governmental environmental finance agency assigned to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is one of the coalition groups that St. Louis is a part of. The other group is the Industrial Heartland Solar Coalition, which consists of 31 communities from eight Midwest and Rust Belt states, including Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. This coalition is under Growth Opps - a mission-based community financial institution and Green Bank dedicated to providing community development capital and services primarily in disadvantaged areas.

In addition to this recent achievement, last month St. Louis was also selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies American Sustainable Cities initiative - a program aimed at building a more sustainable and prosperous future for residents.

Mayor Tishaura O. Jones expressed her gratitude for this opportunity, stating that "In St. Louis, we are taking action to build a sustainable and safe future for our city." She further added that with the support of the Bloomberg American Sustainable Cities initiative, they are taking their city's investments to new heights and setting an example for other cities across the nation.

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