Catholic Charities to build D.C.'s largest solar array

by Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter

The largest ground-based solar array to date in the nation's capital is being built by the Catholic Church.

Catholic Charities of the Washington Archdiocese announced plans July 10 for a 2-megawatt solar array consisting of 5,000-plus panels that will provide enough renewable power to offset the energy needs of 12 of its buildings throughout the district. 

Once constructed, it would be the largest ground-based solar project approved in the District of Columbia, project partners said in a press release. 

The solar project is the most ambitious so far developed through Catholic Energies, a program of Catholic Climate Covenant to assist church institutions big and small across the country install solar panels or energy efficiency measures — all at no cost to the Catholic organizations.

Catholic Energies will manage the solar project, which will be constructed by IGS Solar and Maryland-based Solar Energy Services Inc., which will also operate the system. IGS Solar, which works in 30 states, will own the panels and also sell renewable energy certificates, which allow consumers to certify their electricity came from renewable sources.

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Washington Business Journal: Catholic Charities teams with Ohio firm to build one of D.C.'s largest solar arrays

By Tristan Navera and Katishi Maake – Washington Business Journal

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese is moving forward with a project to build one of the District's largest solar arrays.

Ohio-based IGS Solar and its design and construction partner, Millersville, Maryland-based Solar Energy Services Inc., will build a 2-megawatt, 5,000-panel solar ground array and pollinator field on 5 acres surrounding the Gift Peace House and convent at 2800 Otis St. NE in Woodridge.

The project, expected to be completed by early 2020, is a joint venture with Catholic Energies, a service within the Catholic Climate Covenant that provides development services, expertise and access to financial resources for Catholic organizations attempting to install renewable energy sources.

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A Virginia parish switched to 100% solar power — and paid nothing

by Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter

There's a new energy these days at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hampton, Virginia.

In mid-June, the southeastern Virginia parish flipped the switch on a 142-kilowatt solar energy system that will generate 100% of the parish's energy use from the sun.

A total of 440 solar panels now dot the roof of the church building. It is the first parish to complete a solar project with Catholic Energies, a program of the Catholic Climate Covenant aimed at helping church organizations implement solar power and energy efficiency projects at no cost to the institution.

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