National Capital Bank (NCB) has completed the installation of 159 solar panels on its bank building located at 316 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE and is now ready to take advantage of renewable energy—making it the first bank in the District of Columbia to be powered by solar energy.
The solar panels by Solar Energy World in Elkridge, Maryland, will provide some 5 to 8% of the bank’s electricity needs and will create approximately 65 Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) annually that will generate savings and will result in savings from tax credits and accelerated depreciation.
“The initial motivation for installing the panels was economic, but the more we discussed the project, the more enthusiastic we became about the intrinsic value of the solar array,” notes Richard B. (Randy) Anderson, Jr., president and CEO. “We see it as a statement of our mission to be a good corporate citizen serving the needs of our community, its citizens, and its businesses by employing a renewable energy source and decreasing our carbon footprint. As we explored the idea, we found that the roof of our office in the Capitol Hill community was ideal for solar panels,” Anderson continued. “The building’s height means that there is no shade on the roof, and the flatness facilitated the installation of the panels.”
Tommy Wells, director of D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment is also pleased with the installation of the solar panels on the NCB roof, especially as the District is actively promoting “Sustainability Guidelines for Historic Districts.” Wells notes, “We’re thrilled NCB has taken the initiative to install a solar array on their building, showing how any business can take advantage of renewable energy options in the District. Located within Historic Capitol Hill, this solar installation is also a great example of how next generation clean energy systems can be integrated into historic neighborhoods to achieve Mayor Bowser’s citywide climate and energy goals.”
By Kelsey Misbrener for Solar Power World, August 7, 2018