El Pregonero: Innovador proyecto de energía solar

by Andrea Acosta

Un campo con 5.000 paneles solares empezará a generar energía el año entrante para abastecer a una docena de edificios de Caridades Católicas. La innovadora iniciativa medioambientalista, sin costo, le ahorrará a la agencia católica un 80 por ciento en los costos de electricidad…

A field with 5,000 solar panels will start generating energy next year to supply a dozen Catholic Charities buildings. The innovative environmental initiative, at no cost, will save the Catholic agency 80 percent in electricity costs…

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Aleteia: D.C. Catholic Charities to be powered by massive 5-acre solar power installation

by J-P Mauro, Aleteia

A small field owned by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington is to become the site of a massive solar power installation which will boast 5,000 panels. The project, expected to be complete in early 2020, will offset the carbon emissions of 12 Catholic Charity-owned properties, with power enough to run 260 homes each year.

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America Magazine: The eco-friendly project that provides solar power to Catholic institutions - at no cost

by Kevin Christopher Robles, America

In 2017, the Catholic Climate Covenant launched Catholic Energies, a program that helps Catholic organizations to become more environmentally friendly by providing them low-cost sources of alternative energy.

Recently, Catholic Energies partnered with IGS Solar and the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington to build a large solar energy system in Washington, D.C. According to a press release, the new project “will host the 2-megawatt system comprising more than 5,000 panels” to give Catholic Charities “more than 2.7 million kilowatt-hours per year, nearly 100% of the current power requirements for CCADW’s real estate portfolio across the city.” Additionally, the project will “offset nearly 3,400 tons of CO2 emissions per year.”

“We went from a fairly small-scale roof-based system to a larger, ground-based system that provides a much bigger benefit to Catholic Charities,” said Dan Misleh, the executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant. “It essentially takes away the cost of electricity for all Catholic Charities buildings. It lowers their rate to about two cents per kilowatt-hour, from about 11 cents per kilowatt-hour. Those savings then can go into the core mission of Catholic Charities: to shelter the homeless, to feed the hungry [and] to provide other services for the Archdiocese of Washington.”

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WAMU: Local Faith Organizations Lead The Charge For Solar

by Cydney Grannan

First came the encyclical — a letter penned by Pope Francis in 2015 “on care for our common home.” For Catholics, it became a call to combat climate change, which many local faith organizations are taking to heart.

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, along with Catholic Energies and IGS Solar, announced a plan to create D.C.’s largest solar array and pollinator field in Northeast — about five acres or 5,000 panels. Catholic Charities is partnering with Catholic Energies, a nonprofit that helps churches make the switch to solar. This proposed solar field array will power lights in 260 homes for one year.

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