District of Columbia Expands Neighborhood Solar with 2,337 New Methods

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Interim Chairman Emile C. Thompson

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia issued its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) Report for Compliance Year 2021 to the D.C. Council. This 12 months’s report, now accessible for public overview, famous the numerous growth of RPS-certified solar services regardless of challenges stemming from the pandemic and different market fluctuations. Within the compliance 12 months, the fee authorised a complete of two,337 new solar energy techniques for the RPS program, together with 2,077 district techniques of which 82 have been group renewable energy services (CREFs). 

The fee has licensed 10,013 solar energy techniques within the district, as of year-end 2021, representing 154.7 MW of capability. Of these district solar energy techniques, 219 have been CREFs – a rise of 210 RPS-certified CREFs since 2018. The report notes a complete of 12,955 solar energy techniques licensed for RPS.

The report additionally reveals that the fee exceeded the estimated solar capability of 182.3 MW required to satisfy the two.5% solar requirement for 2021 with whole RPS licensed solar capability of 191.8 MW at year-end 2021. They assisted the expansion of CREFs by finalizing a rulemaking that capped distribution system improve cost-sharing to an allocation at $500,000 per 12 months. Subject to availability of funds, particular person initiatives have been capped at $25,000, or 50% of the improve prices.

The fee thought-about distribution system improve cost-sharing for non-CREFs in a rulemaking in addition to requiring Pepco to face up and preserve a public interconnection queue to foster transparency, accountability and total interconnection course of effectivity. This new on-line characteristic went stay in late February 2022 and permits builders and clients to view info equivalent to facility capability, gasoline sort and standing of the appliance. The fee additionally noticed development in solar energy services licensed for the RPS program continued within the first quarter of 2022, with 720 new techniques added (together with 42 CREFs).

“We are proud of progress that has occurred over the past year. The commission remains committed to working with district leadership, as well as the community, to meet our renewable energy goals. We look forward to continuing to support and enhance the district’s aggressive climate goals,” says Interim Chairman Emile C. Thompson. Chairman Thompson not too long ago testified earlier than the Committee on Business and Economic Development the place he confirmed the Commission’s give attention to discount of greenhouse fuel and different dangerous emissions in FY2022 and FY2023.

Read the total report right here.

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