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Guide to EnergySmart DC Solar Initiative Rebate Programs

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

EnergySmart DC Solar Initiative (EDSI) offers two rebate programs – Solar Advantage and Solar Advantage Plus. Solar Advantage provides post-installation rebates for eligible market-rate residential, non-residential, and non-profit applicants. Solar Advantage Plus offers a more generous, pre-installation rebate to eligible low-income applicants. The incentives outlined in these guides cover systems that use solar energy. Renewable energy helps meet a growing portion of our energy needs. District residents, businesses and institutions can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, lowering energy costs, meeting increasing energy demands and supporting local job creation.

Solar photovoltaic, and solar thermal incentives offered through the Solar Advantage and Solar Advantage Plus are intended to improve the quality, reliability and cost effectiveness of renewable energy systems installed in the District of Columbia. A major goal of these programs are to drive innovation and lower costs by providing incentives for the installation of renewable energy systems that support the city’s sustainability goals and reduce demand for conventional polluting fuel sources.

Past experiences with renewable energy systems of the last two decades have shown the need for clear standards on system performance, installation, and operations & maintenance protocols. A listing of Solar Advantage and Solar Advantage Plus technical requirements and a program checklist follow in the appendices of these documents: