DC Sustainable Power Utility seeks solar builders for district’s Solar for All program
The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) has published two calls for proposals offering $ 8 million in incentives for contractors and developers to build solar projects to support one of the largest low to middle income solar energy and decarbonization efforts (LMI ) to support the country. The RFPs for the district’s Solar for All program were released on Friday, October 9th.
The Department of Energy and Environment’s (DOEE) Solar for All program, launched in 2016, aims to lower electricity costs for thousands of LMI district families by installing solar without incurring any costs for residents. DCSEU has been operating Solar for All since 2019, working with local contractors and developers to install solar directly on more than 200 single-family roofs and install around 14 MW of community solar, from which LMI DC residents benefit through utility bill credits.
“We know that the transition to a greener economy opens up more economic opportunities for families in DC and our local businesses. DOEE is here to help now more than ever,” said Tommy Wells, director of DOEE. “Regardless of whether it’s a single-family home or a residential unit, income-qualified residents can save nearly $ 500 annually on electricity bills with Solar For All.”
This solar installation work for the Solar for All program comes at a critical time as businesses and residents of the district attempt to weather the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The program provides economic opportunities for local building contractors, green employment opportunities for district residents, and much-needed savings on utility bills for those who need it most.
“At the end of June, more than 100,000 residents were behind on their electricity bills, many as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ted Trabue, managing director of DCSEU. “Solar for All can bring much-needed relief to low-income residents by cutting their electricity costs in half for years to come. The DCSEU looks forward to working with DOEE and local contractors and developers to achieve this. “
Solar companies and developers can find more information about the tenders on the Contract Options page on the DCSEU website. In its third year of operation, the DCSEU plans to install a further 100 systems directly on single-family roofs and another 7 MW of communal solar energy via Community Renewable Energy Facilities (CREFs). By the end of 2021, up to 6,350 income-qualified DC households are expected to benefit from the DCSEU’s three-year Solar for All programs, which will help reduce their electricity costs by 50% for 15 years.
Solar for All supports the district’s 2016 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment Act to provide 100,000 low-income households with the benefits of solar energy by 2032. The program also supports the district’s DC Climate and Energy Plan for Clean Energy. By 2032, 100% of the district’s energy supply must come from Tier 1 renewable energy sources. By 2041, at least 10% of this energy must come from solar energy generated in the district.
DC residents interested in participating in Solar for All can learn more about single-family solar options at www.dcseu.com/SolarForAll or to sign up for Community Solar at doee.dc.gov/SolarForAll.
Selected bidders are expected to receive awards in December 2020.
Message from DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)