D.C. Solar For All

New Columbia Solar & Solar For All

Solar For All is an initiative of the D.C. DOEE (Department of Energy & Environment) that aims to provide locally-generated clean energy to over 100,000 low-to-moderate income families in the District. Whether you have a property you’d like to lease for a Solar for All installation or are looking to benefit from the program on your electricity bill, New Columbia Solar is here to help.

What is Solar For All?

Solar for All, a program of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), was established by the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Amendment Act of 2016 (The Act). The Act intends to expand DC’s solar capacity, to increase the amount of solar generated within the District, and to provide the benefits of locally-generated solar energy to low-income households, small businesses, nonprofits, and seniors. Funded by the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF) and administered by DOEE, Solar for All’s specific targets are to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households (at or below 80% Area Median Income), and to reduce their energy bills by 50% by 2032.

How is NCS Involved?

New Columbia Solar has been involved with the program since its inception and is the largest recipient of its grant funds for both 2019 and 2020. With over $10 million in funding available for community solar projects across the District, this can mean larger incentives available to property owners that choose to make their rooftop or vacant lots available for a Solar for All site. NCS is the most experienced in meeting the grant requirements and ensuring maximum funding with over 30 Solar for All projects completed or in development.

 

Hosting a “Solar for All” Installation

 

If you have sunny, available space that you’re looking to lease, we want to help you! By making your property available for a Solar for All installation, you are hosting a community solar site where low income residents in your neighborhood are able to subscribe to the electricity and receive major savings on their electric bills. A Solar for All project site does not consume the electricity it generates, but New Columbia Solar offers competitive rates to lease the space. 

KIPP Hamilton DC Solar Carport

See a few of our past SfA projects here.

Subscribing to a “Solar for All” Installation

We know installing a solar system on your roof isn’t for everyone, so we’re here to make sure that you can still reap the benefits of Solar For All. That’s why subscribing to community solar is a great way for residents to start seeing clean energy savings without owning a solar system. You may be eligible through the Solar for All program depending on your income. Washington DC residents can participate in Solar for All single family solar or community solar options if the household income is below 80% of the area median income (AMI) threshold. To find out if you qualify, visit https://doee.dc.gov/solarforall to learn more.