OPC Releases DC Consumer's Guide to Going Solar

Press Release

April 27, 2018

OPC Releases New Guide to Solar to Help DC Consumers Learn about A Growing Energy Option & Inform Underserved Communities of Potential to Save Money on Utilities


Washington, D.C. – People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia Sandra Mattavous-Frye today announced the Office of the People’s Counsel has published “A DC Consumer’s Guide to Going Solar,” to help DC consumers make an informed decision in considering whether to install a solar energy system in their home. The guide complements other OPC initiatives whose purpose is to ensure that solar and other distributed energy resources are deployed equitably across all eight wards of the District. 

“As OPC is the advocate for DC utility consumers, it’s in keeping with the Office’s mission to provide useful information about solar energy options and their impact on electric bills in simple and clear terms,” said People’s Counsel Mattavous-Frye. “Moreover, if we can help to demystify the process of going solar, residents will be able to determine if this energy source is the right choice for their household.”

The guide was produced in conjunction with the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national, nonprofit coalition of public and private agencies working together to advance clean energy.  OPC and CESA recently announced that the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has selected OPC to participate in the Solar Energy Innovation Network, a multistate initiative led by CESA to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid.

“The Clean Energy States Alliance applauds the Office of the People’s Counsel on the release of its new solar guide. The guide will give DC consumers the information they need to make sound decisions about whether and how to go solar. We were happy to help OPC develop this important consumer resource,” said CESA Executive Director Warren Leon.

A DC Consumer’s Guide to Going Solar covers topics such as the environmental benefits of solar-generated electricity, owning versus leasing solar panels, tips for finding a contractor and opportunities for participating in a community solar project. 

The guide is now available on opc-dc.gov and OPC outreach staff will distribute it at energy efficiency workshops, neighborhood events, and community meetings.