Over a decade ago, the movement that would become Solar United Neighbors launched its first-ever solar co-op in the D.C. neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant. Since then, we’ve also launched statewide programs across the country, from rural western Pennsylvania to sprawling Miami-Dade County. Now, we’re honored to welcome our longtime neighbor, D.C. Councilmember Matt Grosso, into the movement as we continue our extraordinary growth.
“I am excited to join the 51st State Solar Co-Op. We are facing a global crisis due to an overreliance of fossil fuels. As a city and as individuals, we need to promote the use and expansion of renewable energy and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Councilmember Grosso. “People across the District of Columbia want to join in this effort, and Solar for All aims to bring solar energy to hundreds of low- to moderate-income families in the city. With this, I hope more D.C. residents will commit to going solar and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.”
Solar for All, a program of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households and reduce their energy bills by 50% by 2032. The program, which was established by the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, is funded by the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF). For more information about Solar for All visit: http://doee.dc.gov/solarforall.
To help boost the reach and success of the Solar for All program, the 51st State Solar Co-op is currently in its third round. At a median income of $31,000, Solar for All co-op participants can expect the greatest return on investment from their completely free rooftop solar installations. Up to 90 low- to moderate-income D.C. homeowners are projected to take advantage of Solar for All through Solar United Neighbors co-ops, and they can expect to save on average up to $23,000 in the first 15 years through energy savings and SREC income.
If you’re interested in joining Councilmember Grosso and nearly 600 other District residents in going solar through a co-op, there has never been a better time. To learn more, you’re welcome to join us for an info session on Wednesday, April 17th. The deadline to join the third round of the 51st State Co-op is May 31. Join today to make sure you get the best deal on your future solar system!