Fort Chaplin Park Apartments


1209 kW

System Size


1,022 MT

of Carbon Emissions (Equivalent)



Tree Seedlings, Grown For 10 Years (Equivalent)



Year 1 Solar Savings + Revenue



Lifetime Solar Savings + Revenue

Install Date: Fall 2019

Fort Chaplin Park Apartments is a great example of how a solar roof lease can provide an additional stream of income to property owners while also providing electricity benefits to tenants. The clean energy generated from the system is supplied to the grid as part of DC’s Solar For All (SFA) program, which provides utility assistance to qualifying DC residents. All of the Fort Chaplin affordable housing complex units are automatically eligible for the SFA program – and can expect to see utility savings of 50% over the next 15 years.

Over $2 million dollars in energy savings will be provided to residents over the life of the system. In addition, Standard Companies will benefit from a sustainable stream of revenue – allowing them flexibility to pursue other opportunities.

The expansive, 45-building complex consisted of different roof types and layouts, requiring a multi-phased construction schedule. With over 500 families residing in the community, it was important to maintain ample parking space for residents and adhere to daytime construction hours. The installation included tree removal to maximize rooftop exposure to the sun and ensure a productive system.

With a system size of 1,209 kW, this was the largest project in the NCS portfolio at the time of installation. A system of this size generates approximately 1,445,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Compared to fossil fuels, the amount of CO2 curbed is equivalent to burning nearly 6 railcars-worth of coal.

This project was co-developed with Save Solar and the Department of Energy and Environment as a part of Solar for All.