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Georgetown Home is First to Go Solar

  • October 15, 2010

by Mark Wellborn

A few weeks ago, we did a post on Georgetown Energy, a student-run group at Georgetown University that has been organizing community meetings and talking to area homeowners about the benefits of solar power. The group’s goal is to have 40 Georgetown homes go solar by May 2011.

It appears that they are on their way to achieving that goal. WAMU had a story earlier this week about Georgetown resident Patrick Clawson, the first person in the neighborhood to install a solar power system for his home.

Georgetown Home is First to Go Solar: Figure 1
Patrick Clawson’s home.

Clawson’s 128-year-old row house on 33rd Street now has 14 large solar panels on its roof, according to WAMU. A company called Clean Currents Solar partnered with Georgetown Energy to install the panels.

Georgetown Energy claims that the DC, Federal and Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) can help recoup 90 percent of the solar costs, and by ordering equipment through them, homeowners can save 3 percent of the gross cost.

Clawson is now in good company with other DC residents who are using solar installations to power their home. WAMU reports that President Obama recently gave the go-ahead to install solar panels on top of the White House.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/georgetown_home_is_first_to_go_solar/2578

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