The June 23, 2016 episode of Yale Climate Connections, titled "Three Washington, D.C., University Interests Team-up for Clean Power," featured information provided by the GW Solar Institute about the University's groundbreaking Capital Partners Solar Project.
Institute Director Ronen was also interviewed and featured in the episode which is transcribed below.
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The Foggy Bottom area of Washington, D.C., is named for the mist and pollution that used to darken its skies. But today, two Foggy Bottom neighbors are turning to the sun in a quest for clean power.
George Washington University and George Washington University Hospital recently teamed up with American University to find a more sustainable source of power.
Solar was not an obvious choice, since the city campuses don’t have space for enough solar panels. But the group found a way to get their power from a distance. And a twenty-year fixed price made the option even brighter.
So half the schools’ power – and a third of the hospital’s – will come from a new North Carolina solar farm. Although it’s two states away, the huge facility will be connected to the same electricity grid.
Amit Ronen, director of George Washington University’s Solar Institute, says the project served several of his school’s objectives at once.
RONEN: “So having a power source that was clean and renewable, cheaper, fixed cost, all of those had positive economic values that we were looking for to seal the deal.”
And the project demonstrates how large institutions can use their combined buying power to bring renewable energy projects to life.
Reporting credit: Evan Lowenstein/ChavoBart Digital Media.