Washington D.C. passed the Community Renewables Energy Act (B20-0057) in 2013, allowing community renewable energy facilities and subscriber organizations to serve customers. Individual systems are limited to 5 megawatts in size. However, there is no overall program capacity limit. Participants are compensated at the utility’s standard offer service rate for “General Service Low Voltage Non Demand” customers.
Additionally, the Solar for All program provides solar energy for 100,000 low- to moderate-income households in Washington D.C., lowering electricity costs for participants.
Watch the top state community solar programs progress in our National Community Solar Programs Tracker.
Check back soon for more detail about the Washington D.C. community solar program.
For more on solar in Washington D.C., check out these ILSR resources:
- D.C. Neighbors Unite to Fight for Solar Rights for All — Episode 103 of Local Energy Rules Podcast (2020)
- Solar Co-ops Support Clean Energy Advances in D.C. — Episode 64 of Local Energy Rules Podcast (2018)
- Solar for All: An Article of Faith – Episode 26 of Local Energy Rules Podcast (2015)
- With Liberty and Solar for All (2014)
Learn more about community solar in one of these ILSR reports:
|Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity|
|Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar|
|Beyond Sharing — How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power|
For podcasts, videos, and more, see ILSR’s community renewable energy archive.
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