DOEE and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) have partnered to develop Solar Works DC, a low-income solar installation and job training program. GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic will implement the first year of the program. In addition to preparing residents to enter careers in solar and related industries, Solar Works DC will increase solar capacity in the District and reduce energy costs for qualified low-income District homeowners by installing solar systems on their homes.
Last year, DC Council passed the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, which aims to increase access to clean energy, and create a long-term pipeline for green jobs. The goal is to increase the District’s RPS to 50% and to provide the benefits of solar energy to 100,000 low‐income residents by 2032. Solar Works DC intends to train more than 200 District residents and install solar systems on up to 300 low-income single family homes in the District over three years. The cost savings per household is roughly $15,000, which translates to approximately $600 in savings per year.
Interested in getting solar panels on your home?
In the first year of the program, GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic is implementing the program and seeking income-qualified homeowners in the District who want to go solar! There is no cost to the homeowner and going solar can save you up to 50-99% on your electric bills. At the bottom of this page, you will find more information on solar, how much money it could save your family, and see if you qualify for Solar Works DC. Have questions or want to sign up? Then it’s as simple as contacting GRID Alternatives at (202) 602-1091.
Interested in getting trained in solar installation?
According to The Solar Foundation’s job census, there were 260,077 solar workers in United States in 2016, a 25% increase over the previous year. In 2016, there were 1,180 solar jobs in the District of Columbia, a growth rate of 18%, with projected growth of 26% in 2017. Sectors in need of trained solar professionals include installation, manufacturing, sales and distribution, project development, and operations. Solar Works DC operates three training cohorts throughout the year (summer, fall, and spring).
Registration for the fall cohort is now closed. Solar Works DC will be seeking up to 25 program participants for the spring cohort (dates TBD) and applicants are welcome to submit their cover letters and resumes. Applicants must be District residents, ages 18 and over, to participate in the 12-week program and receive hands-on job training to install solar for income-qualified DC households. This is a pipeline program that aims to produce a trained, qualified workforce, and to prepare participants for entry-level green jobs in the solar and related industries.
Additional information and program requirements are available at Grid Alternatives – Solar Works DC.
Individuals interested in applying should send a cover letter and resumé to SolarWorksDC@gridalternatives.org.
Questions related to the Solar Works DC or other GRID Alternatives’ programs should be directed to GRID’s Workforce team at (202) 517-8857.
District residents ages 18+
Training is 12 weeks long
2-3 days weekly of construction, outreach, and workforce workshops
Certifications available: OSHA 10, CPR/First Aid, NABCEP
2-3 installs per week, 24 installs in total for fall
Fall cohort dates: September 5 to December 1
Fall deadline: August 5, 2017