The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a North Carolina organization $156 million to strengthen solar energy use across the state. 

Governor Roy Cooper’s office announced on Thursday that EnergizeNC, an alliance of solar advocates, will receive the money provided by the federal Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund grant program.

The coalition is led by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s State Energy Office.

The funding will be used to deploy rooftop solar on low and moderate-income homes, with the goal of saving North Carolinians money on utility costs. The project is also expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

DEQ officials say more than 70 organizations have offered their support for the EnergizeNC project.

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