DC Government Inaction Stifles Explosive Growth of Solar in DC
Thanks in part to a generous solar rebate program offered by the District of Columbia, more than 450 families have installed solar panels since 2009. This is exactly why the DC Council originally passed the legislation creating the program. As an organizer of one of many solar neighborhood cooperatives, I had been receiving questions about going solar from neighbors and residents from across the City on a daily basis. Last year, installation crews from local businesses were seen all over DC — with new projects being completed every day. Looking at the numbers from across DC, 68 projects were completed in 2009, then 218 projects in 2010. Projections were that solar installs would double each year – rising to 500 in 2011 and more than 5,000 per year by 2015. Solar energy became a frequent conversation topic on the street, in the workplace, and on social networking sites – with solar enthusiasts like myself boasting about receiving a “credit balance” on our pepco bills. Apparently, the solar revolution had finally hit DC, but this year has been much different.