12 Jan 2011

greenHILLhome: Funding for Solar in DC Gets Cloudy

Several months ago I wrote about the basics of solar energy on the Hill, the options for funding and the benefits of the Capitol Hill Energy Co-op.  In 2010, more than 40 Co-op members completed installations on their Hill homes and another 20 signed contracts for installations in 2011.  Fifteen other co-ops were formed in […]

06 Oct 2010

greenHILLhome: Solar Homes Tour

More and more signs are going up on homes around the Hill.  I’m not seeing “for sale” signs, though.  I’m seeing signs from solar panel contractors and new installations of photovoltaic (PV) panels.  It’s very inspiring and gives me hope that solar energy is more attainable than it ever has been.  If you’re interested in […]

16 Jun 2010

greenHILLhome: Solar Panels, Part 3

We’ve covered the basics on how solar photovoltaic systems work, the tax incentives and rebates available, and the local Co-op working for solar power world domination (okay that’s a stretch but they are working hard at making it possible).  In this last installment (for now), we’ll visit with a couple more Hill residents who have […]

02 Jun 2010

greenHILLhome: Solar Panels Investigated, Part 2

In Part 1 of the Solar Panels Investigated series, I discussed the general set-up of a photovoltaic energy system, tossed around some pros and cons, and provided some resources for homeowners to help fund an installation.  Part 2 will narrow the focus of the conversation to solar energy on the Hill.

09 Nov 2009

Solar Project on the Hill Expects Sunny Spring

The Capitol Hill Energy Co-op’s Solar Panel Project is gearing up for its first installation of solar panels on its members’ homes.  This will enable the home to convert sunlight into electricity, lowering the members’ Pepco bills while immediately reducing the carbon footprint of their Capitol Hill homes. More than 120 residents are on the solardc […]

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