The Benefits of Solar for All



Through Solar for All, a Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) program, the DCSEU is working with local solar contractors to design and install solar PV systems at no cost to income-qualified District homeowners. Homeowners in the District that meet income qualifications may receive a free installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at no cost.


Many people save money by switching to solar. With the installation of a solar system, residents will offset their electricity costs by about $500 per year or more. These systems can reduce energy costs the moment they are installed. By 2032 the DOEE seeks to provide benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households and reduce their energy bills by 50% by 2032. That allows homeowners to put the dollars saved where they need it most. 


Outside of some routine cleaning, solar systems generally don't require a lot of maintenance. The systems last anywhere from 15-25 years. With the Solar for All program, the contractor who installs the system will also maintain the system over a 15-year period. Solar panels also act as shading for your roof, keeping it safer from the elements and falling debris, but also helping reduce the temperature inside your home.


Solar energy is a renewable energy source meaning that it is naturally replenished. Solar panels absorb the sun's energy and convert it into electricity you can use. Electricity flows through you home, powering electronic devices. As long as we have the sun, solar energy will always be accessible.