Press Release: Catholic Energies, IGS Solar, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
Original press release by Catholic Energies, IGS Solar, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
For Immediate Release
July 10, 2019
Catholic Energies, IGS Solar, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington partner to build huge solar project in Washington DC
WASHINGTON – IGS Solar and Catholic Energies will build the largest solar ground array and pollinator field project approved for construction to-date in the District of Columbia for the benefit of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington (CCADW), the organizations jointly announced today.
In response to Pope Francis’s call to combat climate change and to serve as good stewards of the environment, CCADW will host the 2-megawatt system comprising more than 5,000 panels. The system will produce 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. The project is expected to offset nearly 3,400 tons of CO2 emissions per year. IGS will take ownership of and sell the renewable energy certificates (RECs) created from this project. The project also supports the mission of the Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC), which was formed in 2006 to address growing ecological awareness and the need to implement Catholic social teaching on ecology.
This solar project was created, developed and managed by Catholic Energies, a service of the CCC, which provides turnkey project development services and expertise as well as access to financial resources at no cost to Catholic organizations nationwide wishing to install solar power and other energy-efficiency equipment.
“We are proud to have this opportunity to take up Pope Francis’s call to action to protect our environment,” said Monsignor John Enzler, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. “Climate change is an urgent issue, and we are pleased that this project supports DC’s Sustainable DC 2.0 initiative by reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and generating solar power. We look forward to working with IGS Solar, Solar Energy Services Inc. and Catholic Energies on this exciting development.”
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