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D.C. Law Expands Access to Solar Power
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser signed into law the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Act of 2016, which seeks to help mitigate the effects of climate change in the district, as well as keep D.C. on track to meet its sustainability goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent and ensure renewables make up at least 50 percent of its energy supply by 2032.
The law, which gained unanimous approval from the Council of the District of Columbia and took effect in August, will extend the benefits of solar power to 100,000 low-income households during the next 15 years—effectively cutting their electricity bills in half. Bowser also reports the legislation will lead to at least 100 green jobs in the first year, with that number growing each year through 2032. Additionally, district residents (ages 18 to 24) will be eligible for paid training in solar panel installation, energy efficiency, and basic safety and construction skills.
For more information, visit doee.dc.gov
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