CC-PD-Mark, source: WikipediaWashington D.C. has thoroughly committed itself to solar power, acting as an excellent model for the rest of the country. In 2013, the District invested $7 million to install solar energy for home, business, and utility use, and this yearly investment is expected to continue growing. The District also maintains a strong Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that requires at least 20% of all energy to come from renewables by 2023. 2.5% of this energy is required to come from solar power. In this article you will find information about even more solar incentives to help you decide if a solar energy system is right for you.
Grid Connected Solar Power Systems in Washington D.C. (2012)
- Residential Solar Power Systems: 1.3 Megawatt
- Non-Residential Solar Power Systems: 1.0 Megawatt
- Utility: NA
- Total: 2.3 Megawatt
- Cumulative: 13.9 Megawatt
With 7 MW of solar energy currently installed, Washington D.C. ranks 30th in the country in installed solar capacity. This is enough solar power to fuel 1,100 homes - not bad for a region with a population of only a little over 600,000 residents.
Cost of Electricity in Washington D.C.
- Electricity Price: $0.12 per kWh
- Average Electricity Bill: $159.00
- Average Bill after Solar: $68
Homeowners who invest in a solar energy system can enjoy a significant reduction in their energy bills. Monthly payments for leased solar systems are around $48, saving residents around $43 each month. Solar energy systems in this state take an average of just 7.7 years to pay for themselves.
Average solar radiation in Washington D.C. is between 2 and 3 kilowatt per day over an area of 1 square meter (10.76 square foot). Washington D.C. receives around 203 days of sunshine each year.
State Solar Incentives and Rebate Programs
- State Solar Tax Credit: None
- State Solar Rebate: $0.50/W DC Maximum Incentive: $10,000 per site per program year
- Property Tax Exemption: 100%
- Sales Tax Exemption: None
Washington D.C. offers solid solar incentives to its homeowners. Pepco (D.C.’s only electric utility) mandates that for all systems under 100 kw, surplus electricity is credited to the next bill at the full retail rate. Surplus credits can be carried over indefinitely, making this solar incentive a fantastic way for homeowners to save money on their solar energy systems. Washington D.C. also has a strong Solar Renewable Credits (SRECs) program. Though trade prices vary, homeowners can generally expect a yearly return of about $1,800 through this incentive. Additionally, the Federal Tax Credit also applies.
Solar Installers in Washington D.C.
Solar installers in Washington D.C. must have an electrical contractor's license. Find out more about the license of your solar installer on D.C.'s government website.
Summary: Very Good Conditions for Solar Power Systems
The country's capital is also one of the nation's leaders when it comes to solar power. With great solar incentives such as its Solar Renewable Credits and net metering programs, the District provides plenty of convenient benefits for residents. To get started calculating your costs and savings please use our Solar Calculator or contact solar installers in your area.
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