VEIC is leading an innovative effort in Washington, D.C. to bring the benefits of sustainable energy to low-income homes. The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), a collaborative effort led by VEIC, is implementing an initiative to install solar panels on the homes of low-income residents. So far the project is helping residents save as much as 40 percent on their energy bills, which represent a significant ongoing expense - second only to rent. Nationally, it is estimated that the average low-income household spends 15-20% of total income on energy costs.
The DCSEU has numerous ongoing projects focusing energy efficiency efforts in low-income communities. In addition to installing new technologies, such as solar panels and LED light bulbs, the utility has partnered with developers and non-profit organizations to weatherize low-income multi-family buildings in the District. The small-scale solar initiative, along with other pioneering efforts underway at the DCSEU, is demonstrating that sustainable energy is an effective strategy for increasing housing affordability while generating local green jobs for contractors and installers.
Learn more about VEIC’s work in the DCSEU and the VEIC commitment to energy equity in low-income communities.