Solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations coming to parts of DC’s Ward 5 and Ward 8

By Matt Small, WTOP

Rooftop solar panels, solar carports and new electric vehicle charging stations are coming to parts of D.C.’s Ward 5 and Ward 8, thanks to a $12.4 million investment.

The solar panels will be installed at the Arbor View complex located near United Medical Center and at the Randle Hill apartments in Congress Heights. Both properties are owned by Enterprise Community Partners’ subsidiary, Enterprise Community Development, which said the investment would bring solar energy to 536 homes and create jobs.

Enterprise’s Edgewood Commons in Ward 5 and Overlook at Oxon Run in Ward 8 will receive solar carports and new electric vehicle charging stations.

The project’s funding comes from Enterprise and the DC Green Bank, which aims to finance clean energy projects.

Not only does the project promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 1,794 tons of carbon dioxide each year, it will offer a new community solar program to residents — giving program subscribers a 25% discount on their electric bills.

Work on the project is anticipated to wrap by the end of the year.

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