New Rooftop Solar System Among the Largest in the District, Latest Initiative in Ongoing Series of Sustainability Efforts for Comcast’s Beltway Region
Here at Comcast, sustainability is a daily focus, and we are committed to making a positive impact with environmentally friendly practices and programs. And today, we are excited to announce the completion of a 760-panel rooftop solar installation at our multi-purpose facility at 900 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. The system will reduce approximately 272 metric tons of CO2 in the regional electricity grid — as much as 385 megawatt-hours of energy annually, or the equivalent of 37 homes’ worth of electricity.
We worked with multi-state solar integrator, Maicom, LLC, to install the rooftop solar array on the existing building and were able to reduce construction materials needed and further reduce our environmental impact.
“Our commitment to innovation stems further than our products and services and into our commitment to implement sustainable resources for our employees and our communities,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We are proud to be part of the sustainable initiatives happening throughout Washington, D.C. and will continue to find new ways to go green.”
Prior to the solar system installation, we installed an electric vehicle charging station for our employees and converted the facility’s lighting to LED, as we have done to the lighting at more than 30 additional sites throughout the area. This holistic approach to energy management delivered increased efficiency that eliminated more than 200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy usage annually at this facility, while also reducing transportation-related emissions.
“For the District of Columbia to reach its goal of 100% clean energy by 2032, it will take residents and businesses across all eight wards working together to prioritize sustainability. We are delighted to see Comcast stepping up and doing their part,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Our hope is that more businesses will follow Comcast’s lead in taking concrete steps to ensure Washington, D.C. is the greenest, most resilient, and most sustainable city in the world.”
“Our mission is to work with residents, businesses and institutions throughout the Washington, D.C. area to promote environmentally responsible behavior that will lead to a more sustainable urban environment,” said D.C. Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) Director Tommy Wells. “We are excited to have Comcast join us in our efforts to create a healthier future for our city.”
Check out photos of the installation and some of our employees who are excited about the new solar system:
In the Beltway Region, we serve customers throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and parts of Delaware, North Carolina and West Virginia. This Washington, D.C. solar project is the latest in an ongoing series of sustainability efforts implemented throughout our national footprint:
- Our companywide recycling programs divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills each year. Reusable cups were distributed to all Beltway Region employees in 2017, saving nearly two million disposable cups from entering landfills in 2019.
- Solar panels and more efficient HVAC units at offices companywide are generating clean energy and reducing carbon footprint.
- Fuel-efficiency software in Xfinity fleet vehicles is improving mileage and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- And, electric vehicle charging stations at multiple Comcast facilities are reducing transportation-related emissions and making it easy for our employees and residents to go green.
Xfinity products and services also create ways for customers to be sustainable:
- Say “go green” into your Xfinity X1 Voice Remote to update the power settings on your box so it will shut off after a set time of inactivity and reduce power usage. This helps customers reduce their energy consumption and save money on their utility bills.
- Optimize your home automation with Xfinity Home — manage and remotely adjust the settings on your smart lighting and thermostat controls and more to ensure your home is energy efficient.
- Sign up for Ecobill paperless billing through the My Account App to help us conserve more than 84 million sheets of paper and 137 million envelopes on an annual basis.
Learn more about our commitment to sustainability here.