DOEE and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) have partnered to develop Solar Works DC, a low-income solar installation and job training program. GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic will implement the first year of the program. In addition to preparing residents to enter careers in solar and related industries, Solar Works DC will increase solar capacity in the District and reduce energy costs for qualified low-income District homeowners by installing solar systems on their homes.
Last year, DC Council passed the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, which aims to increase access to clean energy, and create a long-term pipeline for green jobs. The goal is to increase the District’s RPS to 50% and to provide the benefits of solar energy to 100,000 low‐income residents by 2032. Solar Works DC intends to train more than 200 District residents and install solar systems on up to 300 low-income single family homes in the District over three years. The cost savings per household is roughly $15,000, which translates to approximately $600 in savings per year.
Interested in getting solar panels on your home?
In the first year of the program, GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic is implementing the program and seeking income-qualified homeowners in the District who want to go solar! There is no cost to the homeowner and going solar can save you up to 50-99% on your electric bills. At the bottom of this page, you will find more information on solar, how much money it could save your family, and see if you qualify for Solar Works DC. Have questions or want to sign up? Then it’s as simple as contacting GRID Alternatives at (202) 602-0191.
Interested in getting trained in solar installation?
According to The Solar Foundation’s job census, there were 260,077 solar workers in United States in 2016, a 25% increase over the previous year. In 2016, there were 1,180 solar jobs in the District of Columbia, a growth rate of 18%, with projected growth of 26% in 2017. Sectors in need of trained solar professionals include installation, manufacturing, sales and distribution, project development, and operations. Solar Works DC operates three training cohorts throughout the year (summer, fall, and spring).
Registration is now open. Solar Works DC seeks 22 program participants for the upcoming cohort and applicants are welcome to submit their cover letters and resumes. Applicants must be District residents, ages 18 and over, to participate in the 12-week program and receive hands-on job training to install solar for income-qualified DC households. This is a pipeline program that aims to produce a trained, qualified workforce, and to prepare participants for entry-level green jobs in the solar and related industries.
Questions related to the Solar Works DC or other GRID Alternatives’ programs should be directed to GRID’s Workforce team at (202) 602-0191 or the DCIA Workforce team at 202-899-6040.
Program Field of Study:
Solar/ renewable energy/ technical trade / construction. Previous experience a plus, but not required. Interest in learning this trade and forging a possible career path is a PLUS.
- Training is 12-weeks long, Tuesday to Friday
- Approximately two days of classroom instruction per week, including construction, outreach and professional development workshops; classroom sessions begins at 9am
- Approximately two days of hands-on solar installation experience per week; installs begin at 7:30am
- Transportation is provided from the DC Infrastructure Academy to installation sites
- Career development workshops and job placement support for up to six months post program completion
- Must be a District resident and at least 18 years old
- Must be able to commit to a 12 week program, Tuesday to Friday (up to 35 hours per week)
- Must be able to climb a ladder and get on a rooftop for installations
- Must be able to lift heavy equipment (rails, solar panels, etc)
- Must be willing to work in extreme temperatures
- Flexibility and willingness to adapt