Qualifying for DCSEU Solar for All

Homeowners must contract with a solar installer that is authorized by the DCSEU . The local installer can assess whether the shading and orientation of your home and the condition of your roof makes your home a good candidate for solar. All systems will be installed by September 30, 2020. Homeowners and tenants can qualify by meeting the requirements below:

Receive assistance from one of the following programs:

  • Utility discount from PEPCO, Verizon, DC Water, or Washington Gas
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Other Government assistance program

or

Income qualify (see chart below);

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Maximum Income $67,950 $77,650 $87,350 $97,050 $104,850 $112,600 $120,350 $128,150

"I have seen tremendous savings on my bill, and I am so happy for my solar panels. I’ve talked to quite a few residents who have also seen a change on their bills, and not one has a bad thing to say about the panels."

-Telana Felder, DCSEU 2014 solar recipient

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS SOLAR FOR ALL?

Solar for All, a program of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households and reduce their energy bills by 50% by 2032. The program, which was established by the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, is funded by the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF). For more information about Solar for All visit DOEE's Solar for All web page.

HOW DOES SOLAR WORK?

Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy and convert it to electricity you can use. Electricity flows through your home, powering electronic devices. Any extra electricity solar panels make that you don’t use is fed into the electric grid.

WILL I STILL GET AN ELECTRICITY BILL?

Yes. While the system will offset your electricity costs by about $500 per year or more, you will still be getting a portion of your electricity from the grid.

IS THE SYSTEM REALLY NO COST IF I MEET THE INCOME QUALIFICATIONS?

Yes. The cost of installing solar is fully covered by the DCSEU through the 2019 Solar for All Program. *Please note: Applying for this program does not guarantee your eligibility to receive a solar system. The 2019 Solar For All program operates on a first-come, first-served basis and fulfillment is dependent on funding availability.

DO I NEED TO OWN MY HOME TO GO SOLAR?

No. Renters who meet the income requirements are eligible for the program as long as the homeowner agrees to the terms and conditions of the program.

WHAT KIND OF MAINTENANCE IS NEEDED FOR MY SYSTEM?

Although there is not every day maintenance required for a solar PV system, it is recommended that the customer monitor the display on the system's inverter at least quarterly to ensure the system is functioning properly.

WHO MAINTAINS THE SYSTEM?

The contractor who installs the system will also maintain the system over a 15-year period.

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