LaToya Smith has been a D.C. Solar for All participant since April 2018. Because she installed her rooftop solar array through Solar United Neighbors and Solar for All, a program of the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment, she was able to affordably go through the installation process with ease and confidence. What follows is a testimonial from Smith regarding her experience. It has been lightly edited for style and clarity.
Soon after I bought my first home this past year, I was online researching how to transfer utilities to my new address. I saw a section about free solar panels! I was immediately interested because I am all about doing my part to use clean energy. I am so glad I did, because I have learned so much! Going solar has changed my lifestyle and how I make choices about my energy consumption, both practically and financially. I am now a part of the solar economy: not only am I producing clean energy for my family and saving money, I am also producing for others in my city and have the ability to benefit financially as well.
I see a win-win with the Solar for All program. I recommend that everyone make the choice, especially when D.C. has audacious goals of operating on 100% renewable energy in just 12 years. If it wasn’t for Solar for All, I likely would have thought going solar was out of my reach. But since going solar, I have also purchased an electric vehicle. With solar panels, I can power my vehicle and feel great about my positive contribution to the solar economy and the issue of climate change. What’s even better is that my children understand this lifestyle and its benefits. They will likely live the same way. That’s exciting!
Learn more about D.C.’s Solar for All program
Solar for All, a program of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, 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 or follow the link below: