DC Sun is a coalition of neighborhood solar cooperatives and advocates “leading the charge to make Washington DC a solar city”. The first DC solar coop was formed in 2008 in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood where 50 residents installed solar on their roofs. As of August 2013, there are more than 10 coops covering all wards within the city. DC Sun helps with information and outreach about the steps involved in going solar, and it brings neighborhoods together to advocate for policies supporting solar, including a virtual net metering law that is making its way through the City Council. DC Sun has created the Community emPOWERment Fund to provide grants and loans to community organizations that can’t afford to go solar on their own. Money for the fund comes from referral bonuses contractors provide when DC Sun or its members refer customers to them.
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