Going solar can mean a huge cost savings on your energy bill. Couple that with the frequent and sometimes long-lasting power outages that the DC area has experienced in recent years and more homes than ever are switching to solar. Here are a few places to get your panels installed.
46090 Lake Center Plaza
Sterling, VA 20165
GreenBrilliance is the place for residential solar installation big and small. It will do the consultation, site assessment and system design for you, then manufacture the panels. It also offers solar water heaters that can replace those electricity-hogging traditional units. Based out of Sterling, Virginia, GreenBrilliance serves the tri-state area, but you’ll need to find an installer for your panels.
575 7th St. N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004
SolarCity offers a type of leasing program that allows home owners to buy solar power from the panels they’re generating on their rooftop without the cost of buying panels and installing them. SolarCity will install the panels for free. You pay one rate that tends to be lower than traditional energy bills and is locked in for the duration of the contract. So while traditional utilities that use dirty coal for their energy tend to go up over time, you’ll have green energy locked in at a lower rate. SolarCity will perform all of the maintenance and repairs on the system as well.
4700 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
Solar Solution, based in 14th Street Heights, is committed to making solar affordable to the DC metro area. For DC residents, between DC’s solar grants and federal tax credits, systems can cost as little as $1,746. If that’s still too much of an upfront investment, it offers solar leasing, which includes free installation. With solar leasing, you still pay for your electricity use, but at a much lower rate than traditional electricity, and you’ll have solar panels on your roof so you know you’re contributing to the greater good.
3419 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
SolarTown is the place to go for all things solar for the home. More than just big grid roof installations, you can buy everything solar from smaller panels, water heaters and pumps and pool heaters and pumps. There’s even the fun stuff for your home like solar lights and fountains or even a solar backpack to keep you charged on the go. You can even pick up a solar oven to heat up your food without creating a huge impact on the environment. SolarTown does not install solar panels.
Washington DC Solar
1105 W St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
WDC Solar specializes in solar installation and improving energy efficiency. It is able to do many types of rooftop installations, including built-up roofing for those that need an additional layer to support the panels. As part of its commitment to the community, WDC Solar created the Urban Solar Program which provides workshops and hands-on job training for low-income residents so that you’ll not only be helping the environment, but supporting the local community in doing so.
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