Affordable Solar Program

December 01, 2016


NOTE: The program closed in September 2016. 

DC District Department of Environment (DDOE) offers Solar Advantage Plus program, which fully subsidizes the cost of installation of solar PV system for eligible low-income residents in DC. The program covers the full cost to install solar panels on single-family homes owned or rented by low-income District residents. 

Rebates are provided on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. Solar energy systems registered with the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Program in DC are also eligible to create Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC), which the owners can trade in for additional revenue at market based rates.* 

 Eligibility: In order to qualify, the applicant must meet the household income level as given in the table below. The system must be installed on a verifiable physical address within Washington, DC and must be installed an operational by September 30, 2015.

Household SizeMaximum Annual Income

Program Description: Interested applicants can directly contact DSEU to apply for the program. After approval, an authorized solar installer will install the system on behalf of DDOE and DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). There is not set size limit on the size of the system, but the incentive for the installer to provide the system is capped at $10,000 at $2.50/Watt. This rebate would amount to approximately 3-4 kW system which the installer would receive rebate for. 

*Please visit the DSIRE summary of SREC program in DC or, the fact sheet created by the DC PSC for more information about the SREC program. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: District of Columbia
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: System is installed free of charge for applicants
$2.50/Watt (offered for contractors)
Maximum Incentive: $10,000 per system
Eligible System Size: Incentive amounts suggest approximately 3-4 kW
Installation Requirements: Must be installed by authorized contractors
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: System owner


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors: Residential, Installers/Contractors, Low Income Residential, Integrators
Parameters: The incentive has a minimum of $10000.00, The incentive is 2.50 $/W-DC


Name: Daniel White
Organization: DDOE
Address: 51 N Street Northeast # 5
Washington, DC DC 20002
Phone: (202) 479-2222

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.