Solar energy system planned at Catholic U.

By Daniel de Vise
Thursday, October 22, 2009

More than 1,000 solar panels will be installed on four Catholic University buildings this fall, creating the largest solar energy system in the Washington area, officials said Wednesday.

The school has signed a 20-year agreement with Washington Gas Energy Services to buy the solar energy. Next month, a Gaithersburg contractor will install 1,088 3-by-6-foot solar panels on the roofs of the Raymond A. DuFour Center and Aquinas, Flather and Gibbons halls, university officials said.

The system will be installed at no cost to the university and will be owned by Washington Gas. It is expected to produce 340,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, or roughly three-quarters of 1 percent of the university's energy needs. The energy will be used in the buildings where the panels are located.

Installation is due to be completed by the end of the year.

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