Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay/Good News

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DC Subways Will Have $50M in Revenue From New Solar Panels Covering Parking Lots With Shade By – Good News Network –

The transit agency for the Washington, DC Metro area announced Friday a deal worth up to $50 million over 25 years to install solar panels atop buildings and parking structures at four subway rail bus stations.

Combined, Metro says the four sites will generate 12.8 megawatts of electrical capacity and make this “the largest community solar project in the National Capital Area and one of the largest in the nation.”

It will also provide Metro customers who park their cars at the stations with new shaded parking and protection from the elements.

Under the agreement, SunPower Corp. will install photovoltaic solar panels over carports and canopies that shade surface lots and above parking garages. The four Metro sites are Anacostia, Cheverly, Naylor Road, and the Southern Avenue stations.

Goldman Sachs Renewable Power will own the solar power system and provide annual payments to Metro through 2047, providing a long-term revenue stream that will support the regional transit agency’s operations—at no cost to Metro, which is run by the governments of DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

“This project benefits residents of our region, even people who don’t ride Metro, by leveraging the potential of our stations to generate revenue and increase the community’s access to a clean, renewable source of energy,” said Metro CEO Paul Wiedefeld. “This project advances the region’s sustainability goals while generating revenue to help keep Metro safe and affordable in an extremely tight budget environment.”

When complete, the stations (located in DC and Prince George’s County, Maryland) will have 17 acres of photovoltaic solar panels—the equivalent of 13 football fields—and generate enough electricity to power at least 1500 single-family homes. Homes and businesses in the local PEPCO area will be able to sign up for a share of the clean, renewable energy generated by the project while saving on their utility bill.

The project is part of Metro’s sustainability initiatives 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. Construction is expected to begin early next year.

The good news here is sustainability need not cost money but, if planned, can save money. Today’s JohnKu talks about intelligent projects.

Sustainability by John W. Howell © 2022

Clean energy goals,

Can be met through a good plan. . .

That benefits all.

75 comments

  1. All these projects add up to make a real difference, John. Thanks for sharing this one.

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Dan.

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  2. A great idea, John 👍

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    1. I think more of this should be done. Thanks, Chris.

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      1. Agreed, John, unfortunately even though UK is currently going through a heatwave, our default weather is usually cloud cover with or without accompanying rain 😳

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      2. Well maybe the wind and wave generators can be helpful.

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      3. We have those, John 👍

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    1. I do too. Thanks, Annette. 😊

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  3. What a great idea! A double benefit. Thanks for sharing, John.

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    1. I agree, Joan. Thanks. I hope you have a super weekend.

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  4. Thank you for the good news, John! It’s a good antidote to the news I watched last night.

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    1. There is nothing good on the news it seems.

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      1. Isn’t that the truth!

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  5. I didn’t know this. Good find, John. Your JohnKu hit the nail on the head …. good planning!

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    1. Thank you, Frank.

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    1. So true. Thanks, Lori.

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  6. Battling 2 problems with one panel at a time. Neat!

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    1. I agree. Thanks, GP.

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  7. Very cool project. I’m in favor of these when the ground is already in use. Out here they put them in the sagebrush and, while they generate power, it a new eyesore. There was a group in Idaho that proposed covering all carports with such things years ago. They even had an idea for the parking lots that people could drive on.

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    1. The double utility is the way to go for sure. Most new homes here have solar panels. The city gives incentives for installation. Thanks, Craig.

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  8. What a fantastic idea! There’s just nothing bad about this – a benefit to everyone.

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    1. I think so too, Teri. Thanks.

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  9. You need to start your own news channel, John!

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    1. Thanks, Jill. It would have nothing but good news. 😁`

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      1. Exactly what we need! 🙂

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      2. 😊 I agree. I’ll have Twiggy read the news.

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  10. This is logical, and I think it will be beneficial. Thanks for sharing, John. 🙂

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    1. Very logical. Thanks, Tim.

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  11. What a great idea! Love this.
    Happy Friday, John

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    1. Thank you, Dale.

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  12. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    These thoughtful responses to our current challenges are very encouraging. Thank you, John, for sharing. Maybe there’s hope for effective and productive desalination plants — so needed in the western states. 😊

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    1. Once there is profit in the endeavor, things happen. Thanks, Gwen.

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks, Deborah.

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  13. Good news indeed, John. The return on investment is there when it comes to well-planned sustainability projects. Further education in these areas hopefully should result in more monies flowing in that direction.

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    1. We can only hope , Bruce. Thank you.

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  14. well written

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  15. Being proactive . . . What a concept!

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  16. Good planning is usually a win-win situation. Let’s hope it catches on.

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    1. I do hope so. Thanks, Pamela.

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  17. Win-win! I hope this trend spreads. Thanks for the happy news, as always, John!

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    1. Yes indeed. I’ll drink to that.

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  18. Great opportunity for a double win! May others follow this! Yay news indeed. TGIF to you.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. TGIF to you.

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  19. Someone had a really clever idea. Thanks for letting us know about this!

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    1. My pleasure, Noelle.

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  20. Hi John! Your Johnku is on point! This is a great idea, and if it works for Washington then maybe the other states will do the same. Thanks for the good news. Have a great weekend, my friend! 😀

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    1. Have a super weekend as well, Vashti.

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  21. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Great idea—thanks as always for the feel-good Friday news. Hopefully, some of the money saved is passed on to the consumer.

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    1. Yeah, let’s hope so. Thanks, Pete.

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  22. Brilliant!!! We should do that here!
    Shade and protection, while generating clean energy.
    Your JohnKu says it all, and makes me think there is lots of hope for the future.

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    1. I think there is hope but certainly not at the hands of government. Private industry has to figure out a business plan and then get it done.

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      1. Right! Agree!

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  23. It’s a great idea, if it comes to fruition! Love the JohnKu.

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    1. Thank you, Jan.

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  24. I’ll have to ask my son about this, if he has heard anything on the topic. He is interning in DC thus summer. Sounds encouraging for many. The money is hard to wrap my head around. 😃 Great, haiku.

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    1. Money is always hard to wrap our heads around unless you are in Government. Then it’s easy. Just spend it. Who is he interning for?

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      1. What a great opportunity.

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      2. Yes, he has a lot of decisions to make before law school. It was a competitive application process, for sure. Being on the east coast helps him decide which law school to attend in a year or so. And what direction to turn into moving forward. Makes me proud and nervous.

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      3. I’ll bet more proud than nervous. A great parent you are.

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  25. Wonderful!!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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