The first month was a significant change. It was almost a third of my bill. The next time it was about half [of my bill].
Monina first learned about the DCSEU’s Solar for All program through her neighbor Carolyn Matthews who serves on the District’s Commission of Aging in Ward 1. “She (Matthews) told me that the program would cut my energy bills and I wouldn’t have to pay for anything,” says Monia. Through SfA, Monina learned that she could have solar installed on her roof for free with no financial obligation. Following the lead of other neighbors, Monina went through the process of qualifying for solar through the program and was connected GRID Altnernatives as her solar contractor. An extra incentive for Monina was having a former neighbor, who was employed by the company at the time, as an installer. After completing the installation in the fall of 2018, Monina says she saw the first change with her utility bills in the winter. “The first month was a significant change. It was almost a third of my bill. The next time it was about half [of my bill.]” Already conservative with her energy usage, Monina appreciates the difference in her utility bills since receving solar through Solar for All.