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Frustrated solar power advocates in the District should give thanks to Catholic University.

The region that includes D.C. derives just 1.7 percent of its electricity from renewable sources (excluding hydro), less than half the national average, according to the EPA:

But on Friday, Catholic unveiled more than 700 new solar panels. With more than 2,600 panels in total, the university says it has the largest solar array in the D.C. area.

Now, that basilica seems prime for paneling….