Solar Carport Project

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As one of the single largest energy users in the region, Metro is an important partner for meeting regional energy goals. Metro is leveraging its real estate portfolio to deliver renewable energy to local communities through the innovative and community-oriented solar carport project. 

Solar Carports Project Southern Ave Station rendering
Southern Ave Station rendering courtesy of SunPower Corporation

Overview

After extensive planning, Metro completed a competitive selection process for the solar carports project. In 2020, Metro negotiated a 25-year contract with SunPower Corporation to install and subsidiaries of Goldman Sachs Renewable Power LLC (GSRP) to own and operate solar carports at four Metro sites. 

When the solar carports are operational, the 12.6 acres of solar panels (equivalent to 9.5 football fields!) will collectively generate around 11 megawatts of electrical capacity, or generating power equivalent to the power used by at least 1,700 homes annually, making this project one of the largest community solar projects in the Mid-Atlantic and in the nation.

The project is part of Metro’s sustainability initiatives and Energy Action Plan and will help advance the Clean Energy DC Plan that seeks to cut carbon emissions in half and transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032.

*According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Goals

  • Provide renewable energy to Pepco’s service area by partnering with SunPower Corporation to install photovoltaic solar panels at selected sites. All electricity generated will be delivered to residential and commercial customers.
  • Support the authority’s operating budget through long-term revenue from subsidiaries of GSRP which will own and operate the solar power system and provide annual payments to Metro.
  • Improve customer amenities through covered parking (offering shade and protection from extreme weather), improved light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, new security cameras and emergency call boxes.
Construction Timeline

Construction is expected to be complete by 2023. Visit the advisories to learn more about parking or station changes due to construction.

  • Anacostia (Fall 2021 – Spring 2022)
  • Southern Ave (Fall 2021 – Summer 2022)
  • Naylor Road (Winter 2022 – Summer 2022)
  • Cheverly (Fall 2022 – Spring 2023)
What are Solar Carports?

Solar carports are overhead canopies built of steel that support solar panels which collect sunlight, a renewable energy source, that is converted to electricity. The electricity will be sent to the utility company and finally delivered to local homes and businesses.

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