For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2016) - Pepco is making it easier for District
of Columbia and Maryland customers to
install solar panels on their rooftops and connect them to the electric
The changes will allow our
customers, who are interested in installing solar panels, to bypass the paper
process and instead complete a convenient online application. The other change
allows an authorized contractor who is selling, leasing or installing the solar
panels to quickly get customer information they need to enable installation.
"This quicker and easier access to
solar power is another benefit of the recent merger of Pepco Holdings and
Exelon," said David Velazquez, president and CEO Pepco Holdings. "We're
responding to customer feedback and helping support the growth of solar power
in our markets."
As part of the merger, Exelon
agreed to a number of commitments to foster the development of solar power in
each of the regions served by Pepco and its utility affiliates, which includes
the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.
Any customer who wants to generate
power using solar panels needs a new smart meter so that the excess electricity
generated by solar can be transferred back to the electric grid, allowing the
customer to receive credits on their Pepco bills. With the creation of the new
online application portal for solar customers, the process is expected to
become even easier. Contractors and self-install customers can access the
portal through pepco.com/gpc.
Under current law, every solar
contractor is required to know how much electricity a customer has used in the
past before they can install solar panels. This ensures the panels can be
correctly sized to match those customers' needs.
In the past, gathering and
providing the customer's historical usage information to the contractor was a
manual process, but the new online system has a secure, automated form that is
quick and easy to use.
As of April 30, Pepco has more than
9,000 solar customers. That compares to approximately 6,700 a year ago.
Maryland is one of the fastest-growing states for solar generation, and solar
is also increasing rapidly in the District of Columbia.
To help meet that demand, Pepco, as part the Exelon merger commitments,
will develop 10 MW of solar generation in the Pepco Maryland service territory
- 5 MW each in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, and 7 MW in the
District of Columbia.