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New Partnership Allows Verizon Center To Offset 25% Of Power Consumption With Solar

Monumental Sports & Entertainment on Thursday "announced a new partnership" between Verizon Center and Virginia-based WGL Energy Services that will enable the downtown home of the Capitals, Wizards, WNBA Mystics and AFL Valor to operate using 25% solar energy, according to Scott Allen of the WASHINGTON POST. MS&E will "purchase solar electricity from a third-party-owned solar facility" in Frederick County, Md., and "receive about 4.7 million kWh per year of energy" beginning in late '17 as part of a long-term contract. WGL Energy "reports that the carbon emissions avoided as a result of the new arrangement are equivalent to taking nearly 700 cars off the road for one year." WGL has been the official energy partner of Verizon Center since '15 and has "already taken steps to make the arena greener." Meanwhile, MS&E will be "honored as one of the Green Sports Alliance's Innovators of the Year" later this month. Verizon Center's tenants are "among the first pro sports teams powered by offsite renewable energy" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 6/8).