A big year for solar in DC

Posted by Bennett Hanson on May 10, 2022 1:56:22 AM

SaveSolar is proud to announce that it is one of just five solar developers in Washington, D.C. chosen to provide community solar installations under the District’s innovative Solar for All program managed by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), in partnership with the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). SaveSolar has been an active participant of the Solar for All program since 2018, having successfully developed over 2.5 megawatts to the program to date.

In the largest year, the DCSEU will deliver about 10 megawatts of solar to the District, serving 2,700 income-qualified families. With $11.5 million in solar incentives, solar panels will be placed on about 100 single-family homes and on about 40 larger buildings as part of the community renewable energy facilities (CREFs or “community solar”) initiative, generating clean solar energy and pumping it back into the grid to power people’s homes.

“This historic announcement is the District’s largest single year solar investment, made possible by the Federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act local revenue replacement provision, which Mayor Bowser and the Council have invested towards this important program that improves the economic resiliency of our residents and helps the District meet its ambitious climate goals,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells.

Also, in a major win for D.C. residents who want to go solar but have been prevented due to the cost of needed roof repairs, the DCSEU has allocated roughly $250,000 for roof repairs on single-family homes.

“The Solar for All program is creating opportunities for local businesses, jobs for DC residents, and, most importantly, access to solar and significant savings for income-qualified DC families,” said Ted Trabue, Director of the DCSEU. “We are proud to partner with these developers and contractors to install clean, solar energy here in the District that will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

From 2019 to 2021, the DCSEU collaborated with developers and contractors to install solar on more than 325 single-family houses and 166 community solar systems, serving up to 6,000 income-qualified families over a 15-year period.

To view the DCSEU’s full press release, click the link below.

DC Sustainable Energy Utility Launches $11.5 Million in 2022 Solar for All Incentives for Solar Developers, Contractors

Solar For All

The District’s Solar for All program aims to bring the benefits of solar energy to 100,000 low to moderate-income families in the District of Columbia. Those who qualify will receive up to 50% off their electric bills, roughly $500 a year, for the next 15 years.

The clean energy generated by SaveSolar’s projects not only makes it possible for more D.C. residents to qualify for Solar for All, but SaveSolar is also knocking on doors and helping residents enroll in this innovative program.

“We are pleased to work with developers like SaveSolar on the Solar for All program. Projects like the one at Benning Park [one of many SaveSolar–DCSEU projects] bring us closer to the goal of cutting electricity bills in half for 100,000 income-qualified families through Solar for All,” said Ted Trabue, Managing Director of the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU).

District residents interested in taking advantage of the Solar for All program can participate in two ways. Residents that live in a single-family home (4 units or fewer) can apply to get solar installed directly on their roof at no cost by visiting Solar for All | DC Sustainable Energy Utility or calling 202-479-2222. Any resident who pays their own electric bill, including those who live in multifamily buildings, can apply for Solar for All Community Solar to receive credits to lower on their electricity bills by visiting doee.dc.gov/solarforall [ddoe ] or calling 202-299-5271.

About the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)

The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps DC residents and businesses use less energy and save money. Since 2011, as a contractor to the District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), the DCSEU has delivered financial incentives, technical assistance, and information to tens of thousands of District residents and businesses, helping them to save more than $1 billion in lifetime energy costs. Our work is building a brighter economic, environmental, and energy future for the District. For more information, visit www.dcseu.com.

About SaveSolar

SaveSolar is a Washington, D.C.-based organization that specializes in developing community solar assets. We work with building owners to finance and build solar assets, then compensate the building owners with long-term revenue and generate that solar energy back into the utility. This energy is then provided at a discount to residential, low-income community subscribers. Our mission is to help the District reach its renewable energy goals and to lower the cost of electricity. The SaveSolar executive leadership team has over 60 years of combined experience in renewable energy markets in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. We have diversified experience across construction, finance, project management, technology and sustainability.

Topics: Community Solar, Solar for All, DC Solar, SaveSolar