This week, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a $25 million private clean energy financing deal for the installation of state-of-the-art energy and water efficiency measures, an 884 KW solar array, and stormwater retention systems at DC United’s 20,000-seat Audi Field soccer stadium. Funding for the project comes from the DC Department of Energy and Environment’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.
When the stadium opens in 2018, the solar panel system will provide roughly one million kilowatt hours of solar power annually.
“We know that cities throughout the U.S. will be leading the fight against climate change, and this deal is an example of how Washington, DC can think globally while acting locally,” said Mayor Bowser. “This deal will not only allow us to green Audi Field, it will also create new opportunities for local businesses and high-quality green jobs for DC residents.”
The project reflects similar efforts under the Sustainable DC and Clean Energy DC goals, which call for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent, increasing the use of renewable energy to 50 percent of the District’s energy supply, and reducing energy use by 50 percent by 2032.