The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a contract to WGL for the construction of rooftop photovoltaic arrays that will bring approximately 3 megawatts of solar energy across 18 federal buildings in Washington, D.C. The contract award is part of the Capital Solar Challenge, which was launched by the White House in April 2014 and directed federal agencies and military installations to identify opportunities to deploy solar renewable energy at federal locations across the National Capital Region. The contract is under a 10-year base plus 10-year option power purchase agreement. WGL will be responsible for design, construction, ownership, and operation and maintenance of the systems. Construction of the systems is expected to be completed before the end of 2016 in order to take advantage of the 30% investment tax credit.
The White House Council on Environmental Quality, GSA’s National Capital Region, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) partnered to assist agencies in implementing the initiative. With funding provided by FEMP, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory supported the contract award through on-site technical feasibility assessments, request for proposal development, and other technical and procurement assistance. For more information about FEMP’s support to federal agencies, contact Tracy Logan.
For more information about the contract award and the Capital Solar Challenge, read the Green Day Wednesday GSA Blog.