Community Renewables Energy Act of 2013

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On October 1st, 2013 the DC Council voted to enact the Community Renewables Energy Act of 2013. This bill allows renters, homeowners with shaded roofs, tenants of apartment buildings, and others, to receive the benefits of solar energy by removing some of the remaining regulatory barriers to solar.

It does so by giving utility rate payers access to virtual net-metering. Virtual net-metering permits anyone to subscribe to a solar installation. Once they have done so, the electricity produced by their portion of the solar installation is credited to their monthly electric bill.


Only 25% of residential rooftop space in the US is suitable for solar. And, 60% of DC’s households rent their homes. That’s a lot of people who can’t go solar. But, this new law allows anyone in DC to go solar. It opens the door to clean energy for a huge new group of people.

Sign up for a community solar project

Want to purchase or lease a share in a community solar project? Developers are just getting started putting together community solar projects, but we can let you know as projects start happening.

Sign up here to be notified when a community solar project becomes available!

Current Status of Community Solar in DC

After the law was passed in 2013, the Public Service Commission was charged with writing the regulations for how the law would be carried out in practice.

In September 2014 the PSC issued the first Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  DC SUN and others filed comments, which you can find below.

On January 30th 2015 the PSC issued its second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR), and then an Order addressing the comments filed in the first rulemaking phase.

DC SUN and its partners are currently reviewing the Second NOPR, though at first glance we are extremely concerned because it seems to reduce the value of the CREF Credit Rate, among other issues.


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3 responses on “Community Renewables Energy Act of 2013

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  2. Where do we find details on installation? e.g. type of panels, controls, feedback into commercial network, etc.

    • There aren’t any projects currently being built because we’re still waiting on the Public Service Commission to come out with rules for how the Community Renewables Energy Act will be implemented. But if you want to be notified about projects once the rules are finalized you can .

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