Sun sets over solar panels by the Washington monument

Washington D.C.’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 Apr 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 Community Solar 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:

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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Abby was an Energy Democracy Intern for the Spring Semester, 2021. She contributed to blog posts and interactive features.