Solar Works DC

In 2017, the District of Columbia’s Departments of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and Employment Services (DOES) partnered with GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic to start Solar Works DC, to implement a low-income solar installation program with a job training component. The purpose of the Program is to focus on training disadvantaged members of the D.C. community in solar installation, and provide low-income families with solar energy systems. Over a three-year period, more than 200 individuals have been trained in solar-related related industries. They have assisted with the installation and maintenance of 300 solar systems on low-income, single-family homes within the District. 

The Solar Works DC Program was launched to comply with the District’s 2016 Renewable Portfolio Standard. Under this new legislation, the District is aiming to increase its renewable portfolio to 50%, in addition to providing solar-powered resources to 100,000 low-income residents by 2032. To implement the Program, DOEE and DOES awarded $950,000 in funding to GRID through a competitive grant process.  

In terms of the training element of the Solar DC Program, GRID has created a program in which three cohorts will operate in the Fall, Spring, and Summer to learn how to install and maintain solar equipment. The Fall and Spring programs will be twelve-week sessions in which participants will complete GRID’s Installation Basics Training, which provides the certificates necessary to operate in the solar installation space, as well as others such as CPR and OSHA. The Summer Program is shortened to six weeks, but offers similar on-the-job training for youth aged 18 to 24. The purpose of the program overall is to create a workforce of trained, qualified individuals who are ready for entry-level positions in solar and related industries. 



Publication Date: May 18, 2017

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