Today, District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) Executive Director Adrianne Todman received one of 11 DC Sustainability Budget Challenge Grants from DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray. The grant will fund DCHA’s feasibility study to redevelop a power plant—previously fueled by coal—which has been inoperative for more than 30 years, with the goal of making it a model for renewable energy generation in the 21st century.

The plant sits adjacent to Langston Terrace, the first federally funded housing community in Washington, D.C., and the second in the nation.

“At DCHA, we can prove that it pays to be ‘green.’ Energy and water savings generated from our replacement, upgrade and modernization of aging equipment and infrastructure over the last three years already has saved us millions of dollars,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “We are delighted to receive this grant from the Mayor’s Sustainable Budget Challenge, so we can move to the next logical step of exploring renewable power.”

With this grant, DCHA has cleared the first hurdle in securing the funding for redeveloping the plant and generating up to 5MW of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) from clean energy sources, in an under-served area of the District. DCHA has partnered with ThinkBox Group, LLC and Indigo Engineering for the technical elements of the study.

In addition to the 274-unit Langston Terrace, this potential redevelopment will engage local residents of the Langston Community and nearby communities to participate in the project through education and training. The Langston Terrace Resident Council and Groundswell, a local non-profit community organization, collaborated with the housing authority for program development.

If funded, the plant will provide 50 green jobs for local resident during construction, and 20 permanent green jobs upon completion. Once operational, the plant will generate enough energy for DCHA to either return some back to the city or sell some to other agencies. All energy profits will go to support DCHA various resident initiatives.

Last modified: 12/30/2014 3:16:22 PM