By Sabri Ben-Achour
D.C.'s Department of the Environment has promised to improve it's solar energy grant program, that's the program that subsidizes solar panel installation. The pledge comes after city lawmakers received an earful from frustrated residents at a council round table.
The complaints streamed in for hours as homeowners from Georgetown to Capitol hill complained of delays and unresponsiveness. The Renewable Energy Incentive Program fell so far behind last year that it didn't spend $1.4 million out of the $2 million it had available.
Interim Director of the Environment Department, Keith Anderson offered 20 minutes of testimony that answered few questions and did little to satisfy Council Members. He did pledge to develop a plan of action, hire two more people, and report back in two weeks.
"And you can hold me accountable to make sure that this program is fixed and it works," says Anderson.
Up until a few weeks ago, the program had been staffed by one person and a private contractor. That private contractor was let go a few weeks ago - program officials said it wasn't possible to extend the contract any further.