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Create SolarWorks DC, a comprehensive, year-round solar installation and job training program that includes an industry-advised career pathway component.

Progress Updates:

September 2019: Solar Works DC aims to install free solar systems to 300 homes by 2020, reducing energy costs by about $600 a year per home. Since the program’s launch, it has trained 100 workers and expects to double that by next year. Read more here.

April 2019: Mayor Bowser celebrated the 100th installation under the Solar Works DC initiative in Ward 6.

August 2017: DC was recognized with a 2017 Innovation Award by the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) for the District’s green workforce development programs such as SolarWorks, the Green Zone Environmental Program, and River Corps. Click here for the full press release.

July 2017: Mayor Bowser launched Solar Works DC, an eco-friendly program to install solar panels in the homes of nearly 300 low-income residents, reducing expenses to nearly $600 annually.  Solar Works DC will also provide job training for more than 200 Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) participants.  Click here for the full press release.

May 2017: GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic was awarded a $950,000 grant to train 75 District residents for solar careers and install solar systems for up to 100 low-income households in year one.

  • Timeline: FY17-20
  • Leads/partners: Dept. of Employment Services (DOES), Dept. of Energy and Environment (DOEE)
  • Related core sectors: real estate and construction, higher education
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions
  • Related action areas: talent