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Solar Panels Within Reach For D.C. Residents

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Using solar panels to save on electric bills is becoming increasingly common around the District, but solar thermal is a little harder to find. Solar thermal panels use heat from the sun to warm a home or run a water heater.

There are also systems that use special windows to absorb heat. They're a little harder to find in D.C. in part because there haven't been local subsidies for them, until now.

The District is now offering to pay for 20 percent of up to $5,000 of an installation. On top of that, there's a federal tax credit that will pay for a third of the cost. When all is said and done, contractors estimate the total cost for a system would be around $4,000. After that, heating the home would be free.

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'Hamilton' Nets Record 16 Tony Award Nominations

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and force behind Hamilton, is nominated for three individual awards, including best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical.
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'Tiny Kitchen' Videos Cook Up Real Food In Doll-Sized Portions

They've fried hard shell tacos, made a gooey pot of queso, even whipped up a batch of rainbow sprinkle-covered doughnuts. All in a dollhouse kitchen roughly 1/12 the normal size.
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D.C.'s 17-Year-Old Charitable Trust Bankrupts

The DC Trust has declared bankruptcy leaving over 70 groups that rely on their funding with questions about what went wrong and what happens next.

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Local D.C. STEM Careers Are Soaring - But For Whom?

Kojo explores the local state of diversity in STEM with educators who are looking to change it and a journalist who's been tracking it.

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