The D.C. Council voted unanimously today, October 1st, to pass the Community Renewables Energy Act of 2013 (B20-0057). With this favorable vote, D.C. becomes the tenth state in the nation to enact community solar legislation. Other states of note that have passed similar legislation include Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, California, and, most recently, Connecticut. Through this innovative structure renters, homeowners and businesses with shaded roofs, and low-income utility customers who are unable to install a solar energy system on their roof – either for financial reasons, or because their property is unfit for installation – will be able to access the benefits of solar energy through virtual net metering.
allows for any utility rate payer with a meter located in D.C. to
purchase a subscription or percentage interest in a solar installation
qualified as a Community Renewable Energy Facility. A Community
Renewable Energy Facility must have at least two subscribers and cannot
be larger than 5 MW. Once a subscription has been purchased, the
electricity produced by the subscribers’ portion of the solar energy
system will be credited to their monthly electric bill at a previously
agreed upon rate to offset their electricity demand for that given
month. Ergo, retail customers will save on their monthly electric bills
by enlisting in the community solar program.
Read more: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/10/washington-d-c-becomes-10th-state-to-pass-community-solar-legislation