Comcast announced the completion of a 760-panel rooftop solar installation at its multi-purpose facility on Michigan Avenue in Washington, D.C. The system generates as much as 385 MWh of energy annually or the equivalent of 37 homes’ worth of electricity.
“Our commitment to innovation stems further than our products and services and into our commitment to implement sustainable resources for our employees and our communities,” said Mary McLaughlin, senior VP of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We are proud to be part of the sustainable initiatives happening throughout Washington, D.C., and will continue to find new ways to go green.”
Comcast worked with multi-state solar company Maicom to install the rooftop solar array. By installing the solar panels on the existing building, Comcast was able to reduce construction materials needed and further reduce their environmental impact.
Prior to the solar system installation, Comcast installed an electric vehicle charging station for employees at the Michigan Avenue facility and converted its lighting to LED, as it has done to the lighting at more than 30 additional sites throughout the area. This holistic approach to energy management delivered increased efficiency that eliminated more than 200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy usage annually at this facility, while also reducing transportation-related emissions.
“For the District of Columbia to reach its goal of 100% clean energy by 2032, it will take residents and businesses across all eight wards working together to prioritize sustainability. We are delighted to see Comcast stepping up and doing their part,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Our hope is that more businesses will follow Comcast’s lead in taking concrete steps to ensure Washington, D.C. is the greenest, most resilient and most sustainable city in the world.”
The Beltway Region serves customers throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and parts of Delaware, North Carolina and West Virginia. The Washington, D.C. solar project is the latest in an ongoing series of sustainability efforts implemented throughout Comcast’s footprint:
- Solar panels and more efficient HVAC units at offices companywide are generating clean energy and reducing carbon footprint.
- The companywide recycling programs divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills each year. Reusable cups were distributed to all Beltway Region employees in 2017, saving nearly two million disposable cups from entering landfills in 2019.
- Fuel-efficiency software in Xfinity fleet vehicles is improving mileage and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- And, electric vehicle charging stations at multiple Comcast facilities are reducing transportation-related emissions and making it easy for Comcast employees and residents to go green.
“Our mission is to work with residents, businesses and institutions throughout the Washington, D.C. area to promote environmentally responsible behavior that will lead to a more sustainable urban environment,” said Tommy Wells, director of D.C.’s Department of Energy & Environment. “We are excited to have Comcast join us in our efforts to create a healthier future for our city.”
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