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1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents can have solar panels installed at their home at no cost. We—DC Government—cover the cost for you to work with a local installer to design and install a solar panel system for your home. Solar panel systems can decrease your electricity costs by as much as $500 per year.


This program is called Solar for All and Solar Works DC. It is offered by the Department of Energy & Environment, in partnership with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, a local nonprofit.

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true: 

  • You live in a single-family home (or a building with four or fewer units) that you rent or own.

  • Your home is in DC.

  • Your name, the name of someone in your household, or your landlord is listed on your electricity bill.

  • And if one of these statements is true:

    • Your household receives utility assistance or support from at least one of the following programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI). or​

    • Your household’s annual gross income—your income before paying taxes—is at or below the limits based on your household size. You can check by answering the two questions below.

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This page was last updated January 2023.

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