Capital Partners Solar Project is an innovative renewable energy project that provides solar power for GW, American University and the George Washington University Hospital (GWUH). It is comprised of 53.5 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) power.
This project demonstrates how large organizations in an urban setting can partner to significantly reduce their carbon footprints by purchasing offsite solar energy. Supplied by Duke Energy Renewables, the solar power helps all three institutions reduce their carbon footprint significantly, abating approximately 84,900 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) compared to conventional electricity. This is equivalent to taking roughly 17,900 cars off the road. In addition, the project will yield economic savings for each institution as the price of traditional power is expected to increase over the duration of the 20-year project contract.
Designed and facilitated by CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR), this project is a model for other urban institutions that want to meet their electricity needs using renewable energy. The groundbreaking for the first site located in Pasquotank County near Elizabeth City, NC took place in summer 2014 and the project began to deliver electricity in full by the beginning of 2016.