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Apply for Renewable Energy Incentive

Steps to Apply for REIP

  1. Download the DC Guide to Solar Photovoltaic Incentives [PDF] (TBA) or Guide to Solar Thermal Incentives [PDF] (TBA).
  2. Review Program Terms and Conditions [PDF]
  3. Contact a local vendor to assess your site and determine your system needs.
  4. Once you are prequalified, you will be issued a reservation number.
  5. If funds are still available for the program year, a licensed installer can assist in submitting the full program application [PDF] to receive a rebate.
  6. If funds are no longer available for the program year, your reservation number is held for 12 months.

Source of Rebate Funding

The source of these incentives is the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF), as established under the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008. This program is administered through the District Department of Environment-Energy Administration.

Eligible Organizations/Entities

Individual residents, non-governmental organizations, businesses and private schools may apply.

Non-Eligible Organizations/Entities    Eligible Technologies
The following entities are not eligible to apply for DC Renewable Energy Incentive Program rebates:
  • United States federal government
  • Foreign Governments and Embassies
  • Electricity utilities and suppliers
  • Natural gas utilities and suppliers
  • Heating oil suppliers
  • District of Columbia government agencies
  • District of Columbia Public Schools & Charter Schools
Eligible projects include a variety of renewable energy technologies that will be located within the District of Columbia.
  • Solar Photovoltaic
  • Solar Thermal



Eligible projects include photovoltaic systems that will be located within the District of Columbia.

Rebate Period

Rebates will remain active for a period of six months (6 months) from the date of the award. The incentive contract requires installations to be completed in 6 months. If the system is not completed within 6 months, the system owner may request in writing for a six-month extension. If an extension is not requested and/or the project timeline exceeds 12 months from the award date, the applicant is required to return the rebate to DDOE. Failure to return the rebate will result in the placement of a lien on the owner's real and personal property to secure repayment.

Application Materials

Additional Information

District of Columbia Energy Cooperatives

Submission of an application to the program does not guarantee receipt of a rebate or the amount of a rebate.
The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis and incentive rebates are dependent upon funding availability.  Pursuant to Section 209(l) of the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 [D.C. Official Code § 8-1774.09(l)], at any time and without notice DDOE may adjust the rebate amounts of the incentive program to reflect market conditions and the prevailing prices of renewable energy systems. Applicant may only apply for one incentive per technology that is funded with District funds for a single, unique and verifiable physical address in the District of Columbia, and said applicant may not apply for more than one incentive per technology from REIP or any other program that is funded with District funds.

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