WGL to invest $200m in US distributed solar next year

WGL Energy, the energy development subsidiary of Washington D.C.-headquartered WGL, plans to invest $200 million in 2016 to pursue greater expansion of its U.S. distributed solar PV portfolio.

The company revealed that it has more than 150 MW (DC) of distributed solar PV installed or under construction in the U.S., and next year’s investment would represent a renewable increase of 50% for the firm.

WGL has so far invested more than $500 million in distributed solar PV systems across 16 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and next year’s investment pledge would be a 26% increase on the figures steered this year towards solar.

Its current projects under construction across the U.S. are largely mid-sized ground mounted installations, which add to the 147,000 MWh of solar power provided across the U.S. this year.

"We know that the future of energy requires the integration of renewable resources such as solar into our energy ecosystems and infrastructures," said WGL Energy president Sanjiv Mahan. "We will increase our solar investment this year, demonstrating our commitment to providing clean energy answers to communities, businesses and governments across the U.S."