Better Than Free Solar Team
Better Than Free Solar Team
Better Than Free Solar Team

Better Than Free Solar Team

In Progress


Reinvesting in Community Organizations Through Solar

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Team Information

Team Lead
Felipe Witchger
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District of Columbia

Project Description

Project / Program Description

The ”Better Than Free” Solar Schools Pilot Project facilitates access to solar energy for DC public charter schools based in predominantly lower income communities throughout the city.  We have developed an innovative financial and legal arrangement that allows schools to install solar panels on their rooftops at no cost, receive the electricity generated by those panels for free, and receive annual payments from a share in the associated SREC revenue.  Participating schools also receive a solar energy educational curriculum for students designed by DC SUN, one of the region’s leading solar nonprofits. In the next 18 months, The our project will install at least 1 MW of solar energy across 7 schools and generate approximately $3,000,000 in energy savings and revenue over 15 years.