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Solar Solution Brings Renewable Energy to the Cathedral Schools with North American Made Silfab Solar Panels

Updated: Jan 31


Silfab solar panels on a roof with the National Cathedral in the background


We're proud to announce the successful completion of a state-of-the-art solar panel system utilizing Silfab Solar panels in partnership with the three independent schools on the Cathedral Close: National Cathedral School, St. Albans School, and Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School. The three schools share a campus with the Washington National Cathedral. This project marks an important step towards embracing renewable energy and promoting sustainability in Washington, D.C.   

 

Through this partnership, we will will provide over 1,100 solar panels with the goal of producing over 552,200 kWh annually. In doing so, these schools are poised to lead by example in adopting sustainable practices and significantly reducing their carbon emissions.  

 

The original idea to embrace solar energy came from a National Cathedral School student in 2019. The project aligns with each school’s commitment to environmental stewardship and serves as a model for other educational institutions to embrace sustainable energy practices.  

 

With over 15 years of experience installing solar systems, we implemented a tailored solar energy system to fit the unique features of the three schools. Due to Silfab solar panels having optimal energy capture and efficiency and because of their sleek, modern design, the schools chose the American-made panels for over half of the installation to cover all the visible pitched rooftops. Advanced micro-inverter and monitoring systems provided by Enphase have also been put in place to provide maximum system output and to track and analyze the system's energy production in real-time. 

 

CEO JD Elkurd expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, "We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Beauvoir, National Cathedral School, and St. Albans School and bring solar energy to these institutions. This project demonstrates the possibilities of a greener future for Washington, D.C. and serves as an example to the rest of the country.”  

   

Chris Calsyn, President of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, the umbrella organization for the schools, added, “We look forward to seeing the benefits of our schools’ solar energy systems and are grateful to Solar Solution for the opportunity to work together on this important project.”   

 

“With over 40 years of experience in the solar industry, our premium quality solar panels have been trusted to provide energy solutions for several prominent U.S. organizations and structures – from military buildings to national sports stadiums, to U.S. retail chains as well as tens of thousands of U.S. residential homes. Silfab Solar is proud to be a part of this important project at the Cathedral Close and bring clean energy to one of the most historic and beautiful campuses in the greater Washington, D.C. area,” said Paolo Maccario, CEO of Silfab Solar. 

 

This solar installation project on the Cathedral campus represents a significant milestone in our commitment to advancing solar energy across the D.C. metro area. We're looking forward to more partnerships that contribute to creating a more sustainable and resilient future!

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