Solar Energy Services was engaged by Catholic Energies to design and install a CREF (Community Renewable Energy Facility) to virtually offset the utility bills of Catholic Charities’ Washington DC-based facilities.  The solar array utilizes five acres of a 14-acre site at Catholic Charities’ Sister of Missionaries convent in NE D.C., along with investor partner IGS.   The ground-mounted system consists of over 5000 solar modules installed on a five-acre native pollinator meadow landscape.

The project was constructed without interruption to the convent’s daily operations.  Catholic Charities’ chose a Power Purchase Agreement/Ground Lease contract to finance the project that virtually offsets 100% of their 12 buildings across D.C., providing much-needed resources to support their mission of social services.

Type of Install: PV

Installation Date: January 2020

Installation Location: Washington, D.C.
System Size: 2.02MW
Environmental Benefits: Equivalent to planting ~62,000 acres of forest per year
*Notable:  Largest pollinator meadow planting in all of Washington, D.C. (five acres).  And is also one of the largest solar systems currently operational in D.C.

Catholic Charities has been very happy with the entire process and handling of the solar design, installation and commissioning of our 2.02MW solar system by the team at Solar Energy Services, Inc. Because the system is located at the Missionaries of Charity Convent in a residential area in Northeast DC, it was very important that we had a partner who would engage with the community and deliver a project that would aesthetically integrate with our property as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Including a 5-acre pollinator meadow and periphery landscaping, SES completed the entire project on-time, with transparent and consistent communication throughout the whole process and minimal disruption to the daily lives of the Sisters and residents of the property’s convent. The substantial utility savings will enable us to further our mission of serving DC’s most vulnerable populations.”  

Patrick Dunne   |   Chief Operating Officer  |  Catholic Charities of ADW