Washington, DC, March 7 2018 - Bernstein Management Corporation (BMC) just completed a solar installation on top of the Cathedral Mansions parking garage, located at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW. The mixed-use building with offices and apartments is home to more than 250 residents. The solar installation will offset more than 240,000 kWh and prevent the emission of 182 tons of carbon – that is the equivalent of taking 39 cars off the road for one year. The project was completed with technical assistance from the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU).
“At Bernstein Management Corporation, we are always looking for ways we can contribute to environmental sustainability in economically supportable ways. The solar panel installation at 3000 Connecticut is a win/win. We have reduced our carbon footprint at the property and are getting an economic payback on our investment from the energy savings and electricity contributed back onto the grid,” said Josh Bernstein, CEO of BMC.
The solar installation – just like the one at 4115 Davis - is part of a larger effort to enhance sustainability at BMC properties. The company places a strong emphasis on mitigating the environmental impact of its buildings, and also encourages its community members to take action to reduce their own carbon footprints. BMC’s Green Living Initiative helps save energy and reduce emissions through LEDs, Energy Star-certified air conditioners and refrigerators, heating with natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil fuel, as well as insulated hot water and steam pipes to reduce leakage.
“The DCSEU applauds BMC’s efforts to green its buildings and provide access to clean and affordable solar energy to its residents,” said Ted Trabue, Managing Director of the DCSEU. The DCSEU, a nonprofit in contract to the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), is tasked with reducing the District’s energy consumption. BMC’s work with the DCSEU has resulted in more than $1,7 million in lifetime energy cost savings and will prevent the lifetime emission of more than 10,000 tons of carbon – the equivalent of taking 2,351 cars off the road for one year.