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October 2020
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Solar Panels on 1648 U Street, SE

Drawing courtesy of Solar Solution.
When 1648 U Street, SE was transferred to our HPR Program, we knew from the beginning that we wanted to look into the possibility of installing solar panels on the property, since the flat roof makes this house an ideal candidate for them. On a clear blue October morning a few weeks ago, Solar Solution installed of a full array on the roof at no cost.  The panels will provide reduced electric bills to the new owner for the 15 years that it takes to pay off the cost of them, and after that they will be owned outright with full savings of the electricity produced by the panels going to the homeowner.
 

Solar Panels on Easemented Properties

We often receive questions from homeowners that are interested in installing solar panels on Easemented properties, and we are happy to review those proposals. For approval, the panels should not be visible from the front and should be only minimally visible from the rear.   There are many historic properties with roofs that can accommodate these guidelines and still provide ample space for a productive solar array.

The intrinsic environmentalism of recycling and reusing high-quality building parts, thereby retaining embodied energy (and craftsmanship!) and reducing the carbon waste associated with new production, should not be discounted. There are also plenty of ways that contemporary energy-efficiency interventions can be aligned with historic properties.

This Sustainability Guide from the DC Historic Preservation Office is a great resource for homeowners that are interested in ensuring that they are employing all possible tools for maximizing the sustainability of their historic properties.
 
Donate to Support Our Work

The L'Enfant Trust depends on local support for the success of our programs. Donations, no matter how small, help the Trust continue to protect DC's shared cultural resources and create a strong sense of community and quality of life for all DC residents - even more important now during these uncertain times.

Please consider making a donation to the Trust today!

Special thanks to The 1772 Foundation whose ongoing support of the Historic Properties Redevelopment Program continues to make these rehabilitation projects possible.

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