The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, effective October 8, 2016, (D.C. Law 21-154;63 DCR 12926) (Act) established that 10% of electricity delivered in the District of Columbia must be provided by solar by December 31, 2041.
The D.C. Solar Solution Program's initiative is to install grid-connected solar panels at no upfront cost on properties located in the District of Columbia. This is possible with the strong incentives available from the Act to support reaching the required RPS targets. A residential solar system in D.C. can eliminate on average 80% of utility power usage. What the homeowner pays in return is the electricity the panels produce, except at a rate that is fixed and priced 40% to 50% lower than current utility rates. This program has a target goal of installing 8,000 residential projects, representing only 5% of single family homes in the District.
The program is available to all D.C. property owners or renters with landlord approval to receive free solar installation in Washington D.C. No credit checks are required, and there are no income qualifications for the program.
Solar electric rate through the program is fixed at 6.9¢ per kWh (starting 1/1/2022) for Washington D.C. customers. Discounted rates are available for senior citizens, non-profits, and government workers. In comparison, standard Pepco rates in D.C. ranges between 10.5¢ to 15¢ per kWh.
With the Solar Solution program, the rate provided from solar power is fixed and will never increase for program term which is a period of 15 years. Standard utility rates increase annually at an average rate of 3%.
At the end of the 15 year term receive full ownership of the system. Advance payment can be made upfront to receive full ownership status.
Rights to tax credits and SREC's would not transfer to Owner.
If you move or sell the property at anytime, the program can be continued with the new tenant/owners, or program can be cancelled and panels removed with no cost.
All systems come provided with a 25 year manufacturers warranty which covers parts and labor. All systems come with no moving parts and are maintenance free. The contractor will provide a 15 year warranty.
Solar Solution is a private D.C. based minority owned CBE business established in 2008 and the leading solar installer in the District.
DC CBE Certificate #: LSR72219122023,
DC Home Improvement Contractor License #: 420218000137
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