DC celebrates Earth Day 2019 with new Clean Energy plan

DC celebrates Earth Day 2019 with new Clean Energy plan

Washington DC is already known for green leadership - in terms of cleanup of waterways and energy efficient buildings, DC has long been on the map (including being the first LEED Platinum Certified city!) 

Clean Energy DC is the District’s climate action plan.


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Leaders and community members in Washington, D.C. know that the climate crisis spells danger for residents, institutions, and businesses based here. Ipsun Solar helped advocate for the Clean Energy Omnibus Act, and supports Clean Energy DC. 

Clean Energy DC is the District’s plan to reduce energy consumption by transportation and buildings, repower the nation’s capital with renewable energy, and track substantial emissions reductions from 2006 numbers. 

  • 50% renewable by 2032
  • Use 50% less total energy relative to 2012 numbers by 2032 - efficiency first!
  • Reduce carbon emissions to zero in 2050
  • This keeps the District on track to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement goals

DC’s climate action plan includes goals that balance pragmatism with the bold action that’s needed to help avert the most intense climate change scenario. Customer owned renewable energy is an essential piece of the plan! Take a 6 kiloWatt solar installation, about the average for our residential projects. Just during the time it’s under panel warranty (the first 25 years) it will save carbon emissions equivalent to taking 30 cars off the road for the same amount of time. That’s estimated to be about the same as planting 4,000 new trees. Property owners, managers, coop members, business owners and those running non profits can all play a role. By engaging with decision makers for any building you use - whether your gym, your school, a store you shop at, an office you work in, or a church you attend about potentially going solar, you can be a part of the solution to modernize and cut carbon in DC. Check out two of our recent case studies of solarizing buildings in DC.


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