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Keep Calm with Solar and a Home Battery in Washington, D.C.

Sunrun Can Help You Build a Cleaner and More Reliable Energy Future, Today

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Washington, D.C. residents hit by blackouts from 2008 to 2017.1 


D.C.’s solar price drop over the last five years.2


U.S. battery storage price drop since 2012.3


Did you know that the costs of rooftop solar panels and battery storage systems in D.C. are at an all-time low?2,3 It could now be incredibly cost-effective if you choose to start your solar journey with a Washington, D.C. solar company like Sunrun. This move can protect your home during power outages, boost your control over electricity bills, and lower your carbon footprint for decades.

Sunrun solar installers mounting solar panels on a roof with drills

Why Choose Sunrun in D.C.?

As the leading residential solar and energy storage company in the country,4 we work so you can experience the peace of mind that solar and storage offer. Find out which Sunrun solar plans, with or without battery storage in Washington, D.C., is the ideal fit for your budget and energy needs.

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Federal Tax Credit (ITC) schedule: 26% in 2022, 22% in 2023, and ends in 2024.


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A Solar Plan for Almost Any Budget

Each Sunrun solar plan offers unique advantages. Whether you choose a solar lease or a purchase plan, along with a back-up power system, we’ll work hard so that you can benefit from your D.C. solar panel installation for decades. As one of the best solar installers in Washington, D.C. that you can team up with, we’ll even take care of the paperwork for you whenever possible.


Monthly Plan

Lease new Sunrun solar panels in D.C. for little to $0 down. Lock in predictable monthly rates and stay covered with our industry-leading Sunrun Guarantee.

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Full Amount Lease

Prepay for up to 25 years of D.C. solar power for home use at the best price. Our Sunrun Guarantee also backs it.

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System Purchase

Own a home solar system in Washington, D.C. and you could build home value. You may qualify for the federal solar tax credit,*5 Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs),6 or a property tax exemption.7

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Solar + Brightbox™

Add Brightbox, Sunrun’s battery storage service, to your solar installation in Washington, D.C. This can help keep your appliances and devices powered during outages, cloudy days, rainy afternoons, or at night.

More than 2.5 million D.C. residents were affected by power outages from 2008 to 2017.1

No one knows when an extreme weather event will cause a blackout, but with Brightbox, you won’t be left in the dark again. 

Brightbox can help you back up your entire home with a Tesla Powerwall, or you can back up just the rooms you need with an LG Chem solar battery.**

When the sun is out, Brightbox can store clean and affordable back-up power for later use.

Brightbox is the D.C. back-up storage solution that puts you in control. It can turn on during an outage and will work recharge until the grid's restored.

Unlike generators, Brightbox doesn’t run on fossil fuels, which produce carbon monoxide (CO) that’s dangerous for your health.8

Brightbox is fueled by the sun, so you can forget about the hassle of buying natural gas, diesel, or gasoline. 

All Brightbox monthly plans include 24/7 proactive monitoring and maintenance to ensure your system runs smoothly. This perk sets it apart from the average solar battery in Washington, D.C.

D.C. Solar Incentives, Rebates, and Tax Credits***



Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)*

The 26% federal tax credit is available for purchased home solar systems installed by December 31, 2022.5

D.C. Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)

Compensation per kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced by the system. (Based on market value)6,9

D.C. Solar Energy System Property Tax Exemption

Property tax exemption on the added home value from a solar array in D.C.7

D.C. Solar for All Program

Qualified low-income homeowners who can’t install solar panels on their property could save money on their electric bill with D.C.’s Solar for All community solar program.10

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Be Part of D.C.'s Clean Energy Revolution


D.C.’s electricity generation that will come from clean energy sources by 2032.11 


D.C.’s cut in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 2006 levels by 2050.12

When you create and store your own solar energy in Washington, D.C., you can reduce your dependence on toxic and dangerous fossil fuels. This will help build a more modern and resilient energy system that runs on clean local electricity. What’s more, Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) has a net energy metering (NEM) program that could let you earn credits on your utility bill for the excess solar energy you produce and send to the grid.13 Net metering in D.C. could save you money on your future electric bills.

Ready to take the next step? Use our Product Selector or request a free quote to get one-on-one service from our expert Solar Advisors. Together we can ensure the District of Columbia keeps its role as a leader in America’s clean energy revolution.


1. Eaton Blackout Tracker Annual Report

2. D.C. solar price drop

3. U.S. battery storage systems price drop

4. Sunrun ranked as leading solar-plus-storage vendor

5. Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

6. D.C. Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)

7. District of Columbia Solar Energy System and Cogeneration System Personal Property Tax Credit

8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) generator safety fact sheet

9. D.C. SREC / REC market value

10. D.C. Department of Energy & Environment Solar for All Program

11. D.C. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)

12. D.C. Department of Energy & Environment greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal

13. D.C. Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) net energy metering (NEM) program

*We recommend contacting a tax professional to accurately determine the impact of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) on your federal taxes.

**One Tesla Powerwall stores 13.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of usable electricity, which can be used to back up the home for a day. An LG Chem solar battery holds 9.8 kWh, which can be used to back up essential parts of the home from 8 to 12 hours. 

***Customer’s ability to monetize rebates, incentives, and tax credits depends on several factors, including, without limitation, continued state subsidization of these policies, the applicable Sunrun product type, and whether a customer purchases or leases a home solar system from Sunrun.