Solar Works DC

Gain hands-on solar installation experience through Solar Works DC! 

Solar Works DC is a low-income solar installation and job training program spearheaded by the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES). Solar Works DC is part of Solar for All, a program of DOEE that seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households and reduce their energy bills by 50% by 2032. The program, which was established by the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, is funded by the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF). For more information about Solar for All visit: http://doee.dc.gov/solarforall.

GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic is responsible for implementing the program, preparing participating District residents to enter careers in solar and related industries while reducing energy costs for qualified low-income District homeowners by installing solar systems on their homes.  

Two 12-week cohorts will operate in the Fall and Spring and will be open to District residents, ages 18 and over. Participants in the 12-week sessions will complete GRID’s Installation Basics Training (IBT) program, earning industry-relevant skills certificates by demonstrating competency in real-world solar installations. In addition, the participants will attend customer outreach and construction workshops as well as receive CPR and OSHA 10 certifications, and take the NABCEP PV Associate Credential exam. During the summer, a six-week prorated program will run for DC residents ages 18-24. Read our trainees' testimonials about the program.

Solar Works DC will also provide between 60 and 100 income-qualified homeowners solar at no-cost! See if you qualify. 

Program Details

Spring and Fall cohort details:

  • Training is 12 weeks long
  • 2-3 days weekly of construction, outreach and workforce workshops
  • 1-2 days installing per week

Meet cohort trainee graduates! 

Minimum Qualifications

Kevin, Devonta, Dominic, and Nicholas pose by their handiwork
Kevin, Devonta, Dominic, and Nicholas pose by their handiwork!

Please note this program is only open to District residents

  • 12-week commitment
  • Interest in and has enthusiasm for renewable energy, community development, green jobs and/or helping families and communities in need
  • Trainees are expected to work up to 35 hours per week
  • Available to work long days and ability to lift at least 50 lbs
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Flexibility and willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile and bring ideas and energy to rapidly evolving organization
Want to apply?

Attend an information session at the DC Infrastructure Academy to sign up for Solar Works DC. 

Tuesdays (10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.) & Thursdays (3:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.)

What to expect during the information session:

• DCIA Programs Overview (45 minutes)

• CASAS Exam (Reading and Math assessment) (2 hours)

Required Documents for DCIA registration: (Documents aren't required to attend the information sessions). 

• Driver’s license and/or District I.D

• Social Security Card

• Resume

• Proof of DC Residency (i.e. State Issued ID; utility bill, rent/lease agreement) 

DC Infrastructure Academy 2330 Pomeroy Road S.E, Washington, DC 20020. Contact DCIA at (202) 899-6040 or DCIA@dc.gov for more information.

Read what our past trainees have to say about the program.  

Solar Works DC participants pose by a banner
Solar Works DC participants complete several solar installations weekly!

Thanks to our partners for making this program possible! 

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