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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- One page info sheet on community solar
- Powerpoint detailing the final bill
- Link to legislation page on DC Council website
- Final bill, as adopted by the DC Council
- Committee report
- Hearing testimony
- Betty Anne Kane Presentation on Community Solar (Chairman of the Public Service Commission)
- Anna Brockway Presentation on Community Shared Solar (U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Fellow)
- IRS clarification stating community facility subscribers are eligible for 30% Federal Tax Credit (Q/A #26)
- Comments on Proposed Rulemaking, Formal Case No. 945 (October 14, 2014)
- Comments on Proposed Rulemaking, Formal Case No. 1017 (October 14, 2014)
- Petition for Leave to Intervene of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. and Motion for Special Appearance (October 14, 2014)