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.