Washington D.C. Solar Community Inspires Others to Go Solar


Installing solar power on the rooftop of a building may be financially daunting for many people. But if you get together with your neighbors, perhaps the dream of going solar may become attainable.

This is what the Mount Pleasant community in Washington D.C. did. Back in 2006 Anya Schoolman and Jeff Morley chose solar power as their path to a sustainable way of life. They realized that the cooperative model was the best route to take.

When people get together on solar power, they can get cheaper systems through bulk purchase. Besides, they can share expertise and learn together in the process. And so the Mt. Pleasant solar co-op was born and its goal is to develop a model that can be tested in their community and then rolled out across any community in Washington DC.

So far, the project has spawned eight solar co-ops across the city. This is the main point of the project: to provide support and inspire other communities to embrace sustainable energy.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

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