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D.C. HOUSING AUTHORITY AIMS TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION OVER 10 YEARS -- AGENCY JOINS THE NATIONAL BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE

HUD Secretary Julian Castro announces DCHA's solar energy plans in Ivy City as DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman (left) looks on. The District of Columbia Housing Authority accepted President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge to reduce the agency’s energy use by 20 percent within 10 years. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro made the announcement Thursday morning in Ivy City at a Habitat for Humanity site where GRID Alternatives volunteers and staff were adding solar panels to affordable homes. Castro said part of the President’s Climate Action Plan is to triple the amount of solar capacity at affordable housing sites across the nation. He praised DCHA’s commitment, calling it “a fantastic example of what we can do when we all partner together.” Signing on to this challenge and being a part of the larger Climate Action Plan allows the authority to build upon the work it has already done as part of the $26 millio...
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