On Friday, July 14th, MDV-SEIA’s Executive Director, David Murray testified before the Transportation and Environment Committee of the D.C. City Council on the proposed Green Bank legislation (B22-0257). In his testimony, Murray emphasized to Chairperson Mary Cheh that the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) should “complement, not compete with” the local solar industry.
The recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for a solar installation at Oxon Run has many members of the D.C. solar industry concerned that the government is using Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF) resources to develop, own and operate solar projects. Should it do so, D.C. ratepayers would pay an additional 30% per solar project, and government entities are unable to claim the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Furthermore, procurement creates uncertainty in the D.C. solar market. Rather, the D.C. Green Bank should strengthen the local industry by increasing transparency in the market and enhancing the creditworthiness of solar contractors.
Members of the MDV-SEIA D.C. policy committee have plans to meet with Tommy Wells, Director of the DOEE to construct a long-term implementation plan for the Solar For All program, and ensure REDF funds are efficiently deployed to provide solar energy at a reduced cost to low-income households in the District.
Murray was joined in testifying by MDV-SEIA board members Nicole Sitaraman of Sunrun Inc., Nicole Steele of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, Mike Healy of New Columbia Solar, and former MDV-SEIA Board President, Tony Clifford of Standard Solar.
Read David Murray’s full testimony here. Alternatively, you can watch or listen to the Committee on Transportation and Environment Public Hearing here. MDV-SEIA Board Members begin delivering testimony at approximately 2 hours and forty five minutes into the hearing.