Holcim US has installed solar arrays at its Fort Totten ready-mix concrete plant in Washington, D.C. The project will not only offset the industrial load in a major metropolitan area but also replace the fossil fuel-generated electricity on-site with renewable energy.
"This summer showed why everyone, including a concrete supplier in the middle of a large city, is responsible for reducing energy consumption," said Cedric Barthelemy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Holcim US' Mid-Atlantic Region.
The project includes silo rooftop solar modules and a separate carport with solar modules to produce between 1,300 and 1,500 MWh of renewable green energy per year. This supports the company’s goal to power all of its U.S. operations with 100% renewable energy by 2030.
The project will enable a combination of green solutions across business units and markets, from low-carbon cement and concrete and electrified vehicle fleets to innovative carbon capture research. It will also contribute to achieving 40% wind and solar renewable energy across operations by the end of 2023.
Owned and operated by Madison Energy Investments, the project was developed by Centennial Generating Company and built by Halo, a solar engineering contractor.