New Columbia Solar (NCS), a clean energy company based in the District’s Ward 5, is now a partner to the Solar for All Program operated by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU).
NCS builds and operates solar energy systems on rooftops and parking canopies across the District and provides the power produced from the systems to low-income residents, nonprofits and businesses.
“New Columbia Solar has the proven experience to be an effective partner on the Solar for All Program,” said Ted Trabue, Director of the DCSEU. “We are excited to continue our work with this local business to bring the benefits of solar to more DC residents.”
CEO Mike Healy, a key stakeholder in the development and passage of The Clean Energy DC Act, says the partnership will support the city’s mission to expand access to renewable energy resources in all eight wards. “We are thrilled to move forward with the DCSEU in an endeavor that will build sustainable communities in the District of Columbia,” said Healy.
Solar for All, a program of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households and reduce their energy bills by 50% by 2032. The program, which was established by the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, is funded by the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF). Last year, the DCSEU and New Columbia Solar partnered to bring 792kW of clean, renewable solar energy to the three schools in the District’s community: Capital City Public Charter School, Academy of Hope Public Charter School, and Paul Public Charter School. Each of the schools will receive low-cost energy for the next 15 years, saving them an estimated total of $2.24 million–savings which equate to about 40 new full-time teachers and directly translate into additional funds for school programming and facility upgrades.
In addition to schools, building owners also benefit through participation in the Solar for All Program. By leasing non-productive rooftops to solar developers, building owners can generate new revenues along with clean solar power for income-qualified residents. New community solar opportunities are helping a growing number of properties to finance needed maintenance and capital improvements.
By example, New Columbia Solar’s Ward 5 solar project at Celestial Church of Christ was installed at no cost to the church and now powers 29 homes in the community. Additionally, the NCS team recently completed an eleventh Ward 8 solar project at Altamont Condominiums. The residents received a new roof completely paid for by New Columbia Solar as part of the solar installation. They will also benefit from the electricity the solar panels deliver for the next twenty years.
“This is a premier example of how electricity generated from local solar systems can benefit our District residents. These residents will receive no-cost solar power for the next fifteen-plus years and we are really proud of that” said Healy who also mentioned the program will increase employment options in a new industry sector. “Our partnership with the DCSEU is empowering our community and increasing expendable income for families who need it most while at the same time creating job opportunities across all eight wards of the district,” said Healy.
About The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility
The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps DC residents and businesses use less energy and save money. Since 2011, the DCSEU has delivered financial incentives, technical assistance, and information to tens of thousands of District residents and businesses, helping them to save millions of dollars on their energy costs. Our work is building a brighter economic, environmental, and energy future for the District.
About New Columbia Solar
New Columbia Solar develops, finances, owns, and operates rooftop, canopy, and ground-mounted solar projects located on commercial, industrial, multi-family, non-profit, and faith-based properties across the District of Columbia and Maryland. Founded in 2016, the company has grown to be the largest and most comprehensive solar energy company in the District of Columbia with a mission to power every home and business in the District of Columbia with solar energy. They pride themselves on using solar energy to provide increased cash flow and financial flexibility to more than 100 schools, nonprofits and residential building owners across the District. For more information visit www.newcolumbiasolar.com.
New Columbia Solar Contact: Becca Browne
Phone: (224) 522-9423
Email: [email protected]