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The first phase of the Gallaudet Solar Installation is nearly complete. Over the last year the project team, led by , has installed approximately 3,500 solar panels across seven campus buildings. The project team is currently working with Pepco, the local electric utility, to obtain final approval to start generating solar electricity. Once the system is live, hopefully by the end of December, Gallaudet鈥檚 solar panels will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 300 homes or small businesses in Washington, D.C. 

The solar installation is an important鈥痗omponent of Gallaudet’s microgrid project which will enable the University to generate its own clean energy and significantly reduce campus energy costs.鈥疓allaudet鈥檚 solar arrays are unique in that most of the power generated by the solar panels will be sold into the District of Columbia鈥檚 Community Solar program. With this program, Washington D.C. residents, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses can subscribe to Gallaudet鈥檚 solar arrays and receive a credit on their electricity bill. This arrangement brings revenue to the university while providing critical resiliency benefits in the event of a grid outage.  

This groundbreaking project is already being recognized as a model for other campuses to follow. Microgrid Knowledge, an industry publication, recently awarded the project the . 

The second phase of the solar project is well underway. While still in the design phase, the second round of solar installations could increase Gallaudet solar capacity by almost 30 percent. Watch for updates during the coming year. 

How can you subscribe to Gallaudet鈥檚 solar arrays?鈥 

If you live in Washington, D.C. and are interested in subscribing to Gallaudet鈥檚 community solar project, please visit .鈥 For general information about the Community Solar program in D.C., visit the page on the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment website. If you do not live in the District or want to see other community solar projects in D.C., visit the site to see if community solar is available in your area.

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