FedEx harnesses solar energy in nation’s capital

FedEx’s rooftop solar array is one of the largest in nation's capital

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New rooftop solar installation at AltaSea’s warehouse.

In 2022, FedEx installed one of the nation’s capital’s largest solar arrays  on the roof of its Express Eckington Place facility. Environment America is calling on the shipping leader to expand its rooftop solar ambitions.

The 915 kW array was created in collaboration with Sol Systems and provides power to the community and electricity credits to the local charitable organization, So Others Might Eat (SOME). Under the agreement, SOME’s full energy bill is covered by the credits obtained through FedEx’s solar electricity generation, so the organization can spend more of its resources pursuing its mission instead of on power. A bonus: FedEx’s solar array is helping the nonprofit meet its energy needs without adding extra carbon emissions or pollution to the air. 

“With the advances we’ve seen in renewable energy, today, companies with wide sunny roofs, such as FedEx, can get energy straight from their rooftops, said Johanna Neumann, Senior Director of the Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy at Environment America. “FedEx’s DC solar installation is an example of now meeting next.” 

FedEx’s rooftop solar array in DC, along with commitments to reach carbon neutrality and move to electric cars signals the company’s commitment to climate action and that they are open to rooftop solar as a means to get there. It’s no wonder they are, since large warehouse roofs catch rays every single day. FedEx has 2000+ acres of rooftop space at more than 5,000 facilities across the country. Those roofs are just waiting to be put to this crucial use.

Given how much solar potential FedEx has, one rooftop solar array is not enough. You can help urge FedEx to make a comprehensive rooftop solar commitment by signing this petition.


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