Nothing harnesses “the American Experience” in Washington, DC more than solar power. Solar panels are a popular choice for clean power in Washington, DC because the state has some of the highest electricity rates in the country.
Washington, DC gets an abundance of sunny days throughout the year, and sunshine is all you need to free yourself from that high electricity bill from your utility. Install solar panels to transform sunshine into a clean, reliable, and affordable energy source. With solar panels from Direct Energy Solar, you can declare energy independence, lower your electricity bill, and do your part to protect the planet.
There’s nothing more American than that.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Washington, DC is one of the top 20 most expensive states in the country for residential electricity—December 2016 rates averaged at $.125/kWh! Not many states had higher rates.
And while there are occasional dips in prices, electricity rates in Washington, DC remain unpredictable. This table was compiled using Washington, DC electricity rate data provided by the EIA.
That’s more money back in your pocket to spend on more important things than utility bills. Just think of the possibilities.
Washington, DC Solar Snapshot
According to the SEIA, 7 MW of solar electric capacity was installed in Washington, DC in 2015, ranking it 31st nationally. $20 million was invested on solar installations—a 132% increase from 2014!
The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a very generous federal solar incentive that allows you to claim a tax credit for 30% of the total cost of installing your solar system.
It will remain at the 30% level until the end of 2019 and will then ramp down incrementally through 2021. After 2023, the residential credit will drop to 0% while the commercial credit will drop to a permanent 10%.
We’ve prepared a checklist you can use to ensure you meet the criteria for this incentive, with links to the forms needed.
Washington, DC utility companies are required to participate in the net metering program. Net metering allows homeowners and businesses that generate excess energy with their solar system to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility.
When your net meter sends back to the grid any excess solar electricity that your solar system generates, you’ll receive the full retail value of that electricity.
At the end of each billing cycle, if you send more electricity back to the grid than you used, you earn credit towards your next bill.
When your solar panels produce electricity for your home, they also produce Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs). SRECs are credits that represent the environmental benefits associated with producing 1,000 kilowatt hours (or 1 megawatt hour) of solar electricity. You can sell your credits back to utility companies in an open market and earn more money from going solar.
As one of the country’s top residential SREC aggregators, Direct Energy Solar can offer you the best value for the Washington, DC SRECs you will generate with your solar system. We have various SREC offerings that help you maximize your earnings and allow you to choose the timing of your earnings.
Looking for more information about Washington, DC state policy, solar incentive information, statistics, and electricity rates?
We’ve compiled a list of useful links for you. When you meet with us, we’ll show you what incentives you are entitled to.
Direct Energy Solar combines the reliability and skill of a national solar company with personalized service and local knowledge. Going solar is an exciting decision! We can help you harness the sun’s full potential for your home in Washington, DC and are devoted to delivering the most carefree solar experience.
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