01 Sep '11, 10am

‘Solar home rule’ could power the D.C. economy

‘Solar home rule’ could power the D.C. economy

For many years the citizens of Washington, D.C., struggled for the basic right to elect their own leaders. In 2011, they should use their political home rule to maximize the economic benefits of local renewable energy with "electricity home rule." Currently, residents and businesses in D.C. spend over $1.5 billion dollars a year on electricity. According to a study of D.C.'s energy dollars by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), 90 percent of that amount (largely unchanged since the 1979 study) -- $1.4 billion -- leaves the city. With rooftop solar power, D.C. residents could keep more of those electricity dollars at home. In its recently published atlas of state renewable energy potential, the ILSR found that the District of Columbia could generate 19 percent of its electricity from rooftop solar PV systems. That's $267 million spent on electricity bills that cou...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-08-31-solar-home-ru...

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