The D.C. Council has passed the Solar Expansion Act, a bill that aims to expand the city’s use of solar energy. The move is a crucial step in the fight against climate change and will have a positive impact on the environment and the residents of Washington D.C.
The bill, which was signed on Jan 12, 2023, is expected to create jobs in the solar industry and help to spur economic growth. By taking advantage of DC’s abundant rooftop space, the increased use of solar energy will also lower the city’s carbon footprint and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, a leading contributor to climate change.
The Solar Expansion Act will also require 15% of electricity in the city be produced via solar by 2041. Energy providers will be penalized for falling short of the goal, with penalty funds will go toward DC’s Solar for All program, which seeks to bring solar energy to 100,000 low to moderate income families.
The bill is a significant milestone in the city’s journey towards a greener future and a clear signal to the rest of the country that Washington D.C. is taking the threat of climate change seriously. It shows that the city is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and is willing to take bold steps to protect the environment and serve as a model for other cities to follow.