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Solar For All

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Amendment Act of 2016 established the District of Columbia’s Solar for All Program. Funded by the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF), the Act is intended to expand solar capacity in the District and provide the benefits of locally generated solar energy to low-income households, small businesses, nonprofits, and seniors. Specifically, Section 3(b) of the Act requires the Department of Energy and Environment (the Department or DOEE)—through Solar for All—to “reduce by at least 50% the electric bills of at least 100,000 of the District’s low-income households with high energy burdens by December 31, 2032.

Designed with the responsibility to administer Solar for All, DOEE established the Solar for All Task Force, which comprised 13 solar professionals in the private and nonprofit sectors, including solar development, affordable housing, and green workforce. The Task Force was formed to recommend ways to effectively design and implement the Solar for All Program. The Department also released two Requests for Information (RFIs) to solicit public comments on long-term solar program development. The feedback and recommendations received through these outreach efforts will inform findings, recommendations, and implementation strategies the DOEE will use to accomplish the goals of Solar for All. Documents related to DOEE’s implementation of the program will be posted to this page.