Evidently if you live in D.C. and installed solar panels last year in hopes of getting a rebate from the city, you are sorely mistaken. The D.C. Department of Energy has recently announced that it will not reimburse homeowners for their investment in solar because the allocated funds have been re-allocated to close a gap in the city’s budget. This means 51 residents are out about $700,000 in total, or, let’s do some quick math here… over $13,000 on average.
I think I’d be a little ticked. Or, maybe I’d realize that it’s not a good idea to rely on city government for reasons to invest in environmental responsibility. At this point (okay, especially at this point, with the economy and real estate as shaky as it is) taking on such a long-term investment is only smart if you can already afford it or you can afford to wait until those solar panels create enough energy to negate your power bills for the next, oh, 20 years and beyond?
No pretty pictures for this post. Hopefully I’ll be back with something inspiring soon.
Until then, keep the faith.