WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Mayor Muriel Bowser has launched a new initiative called "Solar Works DC" that will install solar panels in homes in Washington, D.C.
Under the project, nearly 300 low-income residents will have the solar panels installed in their homes. The plan is a joint effort between the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), according to a release from Mayor Bowser's Office.
Bowser made the announcement of the plan during an event Monday in Northeast Washington.
Solar Works DC will also give job training to over 200 kids in the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program.
According to the release, Bowser signed the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act in 2016. The law was created in part to provide the benefits of locally generated solar energy to low income households, seniors, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.
Additionally, the goal of the legislation is to also expand D.C.'s solar capacity to five percent by 2032, the release states.