Catholic University Joins Community Solar Partnership - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Energy Resources, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 17, 2022

Catholic University Joins Community Solar Partnership

The Catholic University of America will add a community solar array on its campus in northeast D.C.

The 7.4-MW project will provide access to locally generated, renewable energy through the D.C. community solar program to residents, non-profits, and businesses. Standard Solar will own, operate and maintain the system.

Generating approximately 10,000 MW-hours of solar energy annually, the project will make a significant contribution to the district’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2032 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

“Catholic University is showing tremendous leadership with this innovative solar project to bring clean energy to the region,” said John Finnerty, Director of Business Development, Standard Solar in a statement. “The project goes beyond expanding the University’s sustainability initiatives and environmental stewardship to directly creating benefits for the Washington, D.C. community and generations of students.”

The project will reduce GHG emissions by an estimated 7.115 metric tons annually. It is the latest in Catholic University’s commitment to sustainability and already has 2,700 solar panels; four LEED-certified buildings; EV charging stations; solar carports; a new energy-efficient, central hot and chilled water generation and campus distribution system that replaced a century-old steam system.

 

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