Site Host St. Luke Baptist Church
neighborhood Ward 4 in Washington DC
Projected Capacity 55kW
Total Number of Households Served 15
Estimated Delivery Fall 2019
Organized originally in 1879, St. Luke Baptist Church has been enriching the lives of their members and their community for over 140 years. St. Luke understands the importance that partnerships can play in amplifying their good work which is why they joined with Groundswell to bring community solar to the 16th Street Heights neighborhood.
Funded through the Solar for All DC initiative, a program of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), St. Luke Baptist Church will host a 55 kW roof installation that will deliver 100% of the electricity it generates to 15 low-income families in the community at no cost, cutting each family’s utility bill in half. The resulting total utility bill savings for participating families is estimated at $6,700 per year and an estimated $140,000 over the 20-year life of the project. The project is expected to be completed and delivering electricity to families by early fall. The solar project’s construction will be led by SunCatch Energy, a local minority-owned business founded by Brad Boston.