Each of our solar installations is a jumping-off point for community engagement and investment. Check out some of the ways the NSE—Solar for All energy is powering learning and engagement in Washington, DC.
Sharing the Profits
For 15 years, for every $1 worth of energy produced, $1.50 is shared with DC residents. We estimate this to be $X in the first year alone. The NSE—Solar for All project is delivering those funds to our DC community in three ways:
Stability Support Program
The Stability Support Program is a direct beneficiary program that offsets a household’s energy bills. It allows households to gain financial stability and build fiscal resilience.
Emergency Assistance Fund
A portion of the benefits are earmarked for emergency utility assistance. The Emergency Assistance Program is specifically intended to spare families facing immediate electricity shut-off. These are one-off, as-needed payments made directly to the utility provider by partner nonprofits. The Salvation Army will administer this funding stream through their existing Washington Area Fuel Fund; DC residents in need can access this Emergency Assistance through them.
Direct Nonprofit Support
The stream of revenue delivered from the SREC profit generated by this system will be directed to nonprofit partners providing transitional and short-term housing assistance for low-income residents in DC. This funding assistance can be used as the nonprofit partner needs to achieve its mission of poverty alleviation, housing support, and other service provision to DC residents.
This project provides lots of ways DC can learn and engage around solar and energy equity. We’re busy cooking up more, so stay tuned as we roll them out. Have an idea of how you, your organization, classroom or community would like to engage? Let us know!