Solar power installation

Mt. Pleasant Solar Cooperative

Sometimes, great ideas spring from simple roots. In 2006, as Washington, DC resident Anya Schoolman was sitting at her kitchen table with her son and his friend discussing global warming, the boys wanted to know if “anyone was going to do anything about it?” -- which was followed by, “Why don't we get solar power in our neighborhood?” That was the start of the Mt. Pleasant Solar Cooperative, a Washington, DC-based organization with the simple goal of installing solar panels on houses in their community.

Their original plan was to get a group of neighbors interested and find a solar contractor to offer bulk discounts and install the panels. But dealing with the government and utility companies is rarely easy.

Partner Randy Speck, who has an active energy regulatory practice, learned about the group through contacts at the DC Public Service Commission and decided that the firm was in a position to help the fledgling group.

Since 2009, our attorneys have represented the Co-op before the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, providing information and guidance while serving as advocates in their frequent dealings with the local utility company, Pepco, and the District government. After assisting the Co-op to obtain passage of new legislation offering sizable incentives to install solar facilities, our attorneys worked with various agencies to ensure that the statute was implemented properly. They have also helped the Co-op address implementation issues with Pepco and the DC Public Service Commission.

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