While they say they support solar power, a Northeast D.C. neighborhood is not happy about a plan for a new solar farm that calls for thousands of solar panels. For the residents, they think the solar farm is taking it too far.
The solar farm being put in place in a wooded area right by the neighborhood and, more specifically, by Heritage Trees – a tree in D.C. that the city considers to be any tree that is greater than 100 inches in circumference and one it’s supposed to protect. The solar farm would include 5,000 10-foot high panels on five acres of the Catholic Charities property.
Catholic Charities says the solar farm may cut electrical costs for its many properties in D.C. It insists that the company with which it is working, IGS Solar, will help the environment.
Neighbors point to what was a healthy tree now suffering, blaming runoff from Catholic Charites for its use of a chemical to kill grass. For residents, there’s an argument that it could be a potentially cancer-causing agent.