New Columbia Solar Adds Rooftop Solar System to National Historic Landmark Building, Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Washington DC, Providing up to 20% of the hotel’s electricity usage

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New Columbia Solar Adds Rooftop Solar System to National Historic Landmark Building, Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Washington DC,

Providing up to 20% of the hotel’s electricity usage

WASHINGTON DC (January 11, 2023)Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC has partnered with New Columbia Solar to bring renewable energy to their National Historic Landmark building at 700 F St. NW in Penn Quarter with the addition of a 265 kW rooftop solar system. This partnership highlights Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ commitment to clean energy and sets a precedent for the modernization of historic buildings across the District with solar power.

Constructed as the nation’s first General Post Office in 1842, the building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants utilized its expertise in the area of adaptive reuse to create the award-winning, luxury hotel from a relic 19th century government building. The boutique hospitality company worked with Oerhlein & Associates Architects and Heritage Consulting throughout the rehabilitation process to carefully restore the property and open as the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC in 2002.

With the addition of more than 590 solar panels, the 184-room hotel will generate more than 316,000 kilowatt-hours of on-site energy per year, and nearly 7 million kilowatt-hours over the system’s expected 20+ years of operation. At peak production, the solar system will provide up to 20% of the hotel’s electricity usage. Throughout this project’s development, it was important to create a minimal-impact design to preserve the historic structure, including the use of non-penetrative racking attachments, and to ensure all equipment remained out of public view so as to not disturb the guest experience.

“We’re thrilled to have partnered with New Columbia Solar on this project,” said Bill Hanley, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hotel Monaco DC. “The addition of the new solar panel system marks a critical milestone in the building’s history and underscores Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ commitment to  creating an environmentally-responsible experience for guests.”

“Working on a Federal Historic Landmark building is a monumental achievement for us. This pivotal project is an example of how the District’s historic preservation, modernization, and climate priorities can be successfully blended, embodying the commitment to expand locally-sourced solar energy in the District. We continue our efforts to make it as easy as possible for property owners like Hotel Monaco to go solar in the hopes that many more historic buildings will follow suit.” says New Columbia Solar’s CEO, Mike Healy.

Hotel Monaco DC also has several other green practices in place to make each guest’s stay as environmentally friendly as possible: a partnership with Clean The World to recycle bar soap, energy-efficient LED lightbulbs in all guest rooms and public spaces, energy-efficient HVAC units to optimize heating and cooling, large refillable toiletries to eliminate the disposal of small plastic bottles, low-flow and low-flush toilets to conserve water, participation in Nespresso’s capsule recycling program, the recycling and composting of all paper, plastics, glass and cardboard on property, and sourcing ingredients from nearby farms and food purveyors to reduce carbon emissions and support the local economy at their on-site restaurant, Dirty Habit DC.

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About New Columbia Solar
New Columbia Solar is a Washington, DC based solar energy company, financier, owner, and operator of commercial and industrial solar energy projects. Founded in 2016, the company has grown to be the largest and most comprehensive solar energy company in the District of Columbia. Our mission is to  power every home and business in the District of Columbia with solar energy, making our city’s energy supply cleaner and more sustainable for generations to follow. For more information visit www.newcolumbiasolar.com
Contact: Anthony Petruzzo
Phone: (202) 810-1661
Email: [email protected]

About Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC
Hotel Monaco DC is located in the original General Post Office Building, a National Historic Landmark, reflecting the grandeur of our nation’s capital. Occupying an entire city block in Penn Quarter, the 184-room boutique hotel is located across from the National Portrait Gallery and delights discerning  travelers with proximity to DC’s best monuments and attractions while providing exemplary service and style against the backdrop of stunning historic architecture. The hotel is home to Dirty Habit DC, and more than 10,000 square feet of event space for up to 200 guests. The hotel was named one
of the “Top 10 Hotels in Washington DC” by Conde Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice Awards: 2021” and included in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards 2021.” For more information visit www.monaco-dc.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

Media Contact: Michelle Neal
Email: [email protected]

About New Columbia Solar

New Columbia Solar develops, finances, owns, and operates rooftop, canopy, and ground-mounted solar projects located on commercial, industrial, multi-family, non-profit, and faith-based properties across the District of Columbia and Maryland. Founded in 2016, the company has grown to be the largest and most comprehensive solar energy company in the District of Columbia with a mission to power every home and business in the District of Columbia with solar energy. They pride themselves on using solar energy to provide increased cash flow and financial flexibility to more than 100 schools, nonprofits and residential building owners across the District. For more information visit www.newcolumbiasolar.com.

Email: [email protected]

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