Washington, D.C. Residents Go Solar


This is what I call  good citizens! In an effort to become energy independent and ultimately carbon neutral, Washington, D.C. residents Shelley Cohen and Mike Gala are installing the District’s largest residential solar panel system.

The 11.96 kW system was installed this week by Maryland-based Astrum Solar.

The 52 solar panels will generate 13,754 kW-hours of electricity a year, meeting between 75-85 percent of the home’s electricity use.  The environmental benefits from this solar project are equivalent to planting 250 trees annually or recycling 100 tons of waste over 30 years.

Cohen and Gala have used their respective expertise in architecture and environmental project development to green their urban dwellings since they married in 2001. Their latest project is to restore and green an old home, with the newest addition being the installation of a renewable energy system.

Astrum Solar helps the DC metro residents become independent from fossil fuels. The company has installed hundreds of solar systems and is on pace to complete 500 installations in 2010.

In addition to Astrum Solar, partners on this project include Ameresco who provided the solar panels and the District of Columbia Department of the Environment.

So our dear beloved Washingtonians, those of you have some saving left, you know what to do.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

2 Responses to Washington, D.C. Residents Go Solar

  1. Sean Cease says:

    I was recently in Turkey and noticed that nearly every building had solar panels, I couldn’t help but think what a major difference it would make to our oil consumption if only 50% of the people in this country were to install solar panels. Back in the 80’s I used to sell Solar technology and the government had a huge tax credit available to anyone who installed solar in their homes. Got to think its time to bring it back and make it a priority!

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