Davis-Bacon Primer for States Implementing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar for All Program

Vero Bourg-Meyer | Clean Energy States Alliance

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides opportunities for states and the private sector to access federal funding to finance and deploy renewable energy. Under the IRA, state programs that deploy federal funding must comply with certain federal regulations, including rules regarding worker protection, local wages, and benefits under the Davis Bacon Act (DBA). This explainer in the form of a question-and-answer document provides a plain English overview of DBA for state staff who will implement the IRA.

It was specifically prepared for states that will implement Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar for All programs with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but many other stakeholders will find the information to be broadly applicable. It is based on publicly available information from federal agencies as well as interviews with solar developers in late 2023.

Additional CESA guidance and program design recommendations for states deploying LMI solar programs can be found here.

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Date: January 11, 2024
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