Power from DC community solar project donated to local nonprofit

A community solar-powered project built at a FedEx facility in Washington, DC, will now cover energy costs for a nonprofit that provides affordable housing. solar contractor Sol systems completed the 915 kW community array at the FedEx Express Eckington Place facility in late 2021, which will allocate a portion of the bills to local nonprofit So Others Might Eat (SOME).

“Giving back to an organization like SOME through this installation heightens the spirit of community solar,” said Gina Adams, corporate VP for government and regulatory affairs at FedEx, and a lifelong Washingtonian. “As part of the Ward 5 community, we saw an opportunity for FedEx to create an innovative returns program that benefits the environment while promoting the well-being of our DC neighbors. We hope that what we have done with SOME can inspire others to think about creative sustainability solutions in their communities.”

The donated bills, along with an additional cash donation from FedEx, are intended to offset estimated annual electricity costs at two SOME facilities in Section 5: Isaiah House, a daytime program for people affected by homelessness and mental illness, and Weinberg House , an affordable residential building for 28 families.

“SOME has been working in Ward 5 for over 50 years and is excited to partner with FedEx, our valued neighbor, on this groundbreaking partnership that will lead to significant cost savings for SOME. This budget-relieving initiative will enable SOME to redirect the savings to support our direct services to people living homeless and in poverty in our nation’s capital,” said Ralph Boyd, CEO and president of SOME. “We hope their inspired approach will usher in a new wave of engagement from businesses and nonprofits in the DC region.”

In addition, Sol Systems plans to match FedEx’s freshman contribution and volunteerism with SOME over the life of the project.

“Sol has been a proud and committed member of the community since our inception in 2008,” said Yuri Horwitz, CEO of Sol Systems. “We are excited to deliver solar energy and deliver tangible economic benefits to our local community with FedEx and SOME. We hope this initiative motivates others to follow FedEx’s leadership here.”

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