Site Host Rhode Island Row Apartments, Northeast DC

neighborhood Ward 5 of Washington, DC

Projected Capacity 1 MW+

Total Number of Households Served 322

Number of Empowered Households Served 66 (projected)

Estimated Delivery 1 MW+ by Spring 2020

Rhode Island Row Apartments, Northeast DC

Bringing Community Power to a Bustling, Upcoming Section of Northeast D.C.

Groundswell is enrolling subscribers through its SharePower platform for NHT Ingenuity Power (NHTIP)’s new community solar project located at Rhode Island Row Apartments, which is a planned one-megawatt solar installation at the intersection of Brookland and Brentwood neighborhoods in DC’s Ward 5. 

Rhode Island Row is a mixed-use development in a high investment area featuring restaurants, shops, services, and spacious apartments, located by the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station. This one-megawatt solar installation will be prominently featured on parking canopies atop the structured parking garages and on an accompanying rooftop on this site beside D.C. Metro. Construction is projected to begin in late-Spring 2020.

Project partners envision the solar installation will demonstrate how sustainable building strategies and clean energy can build a better economy for District residents, with a portion of all the power produced planned to benefit income-qualified Empowered residents in the neighborhood. 

This community solar project is being developed by NHTIP — a partnership between the National Housing Trust, a non-profit housing advocate, and Urban Ingenuity, a District-based clean energy financial partner. The Rhode Island Row community solar project is one of 24 solar installations that NHTIP has developed on affordable housing rooftops across the Washington DC area that will result in approximately $3.8 million of lifetime energy savings and other financial benefits for local residents and properties. For Rhode Island Row, NHTIP has teamed up with development partner Solar Renewable Energy (SRE), which brings experience from developing over 70 large-scale solar projects across the mid-Atlantic region.

A projected 322 local households - including renters and homeowners - will be able to subscribe to this project to power their homes. Anyone who lives in DC and pays a utility bill can subscribe to this project through Groundswell’s SharePower platform. 

Project brought to you by

NHT Ingenuity Power

NHT Ingenuity Power, a joint venture between the National Housing Trust and Urban Ingenuity, has a strong record of developing, financing, and owning solar assets across the country.

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