D.C.’s top doctor says residents should avoid contact with ultraviolet radiation wearing, soaking, washing, cleaning and deadening their noses and mouths with oxygen and other blocking products.
“This is not something you can put in your pockets or earbuds and you don’t have to think about it,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, told a media advisory issued by the city on Tuesday.
Frieden advised against swimming or lying on the beach wearing facemasks, too. Instead, he said, people should avoid direct sunlight in pools and “stay in shade, which blocks UV.”
The statement comes as the city is about to get a lot more visible: A new solar farm expected to produce 33 percent of the electricity consumed by the city in 2020 is expected to be up and running on the Mid-Atlantic coast on Tuesday, following several delays. About 20 million photovoltaic panels will cover around 340 acres.
The solar farm, that is also known as an “olypter,” is the largest single rooftop solar farm in the world, according to its developers.
The installation comes in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s 20-year power purchase agreement to sell the energy produced by the plant. The designers said in a statement that “the facility delivers 30 percent more power to the grid than the city currently uses,” all without the need for new power lines.
The new solar farm is part of the city’s plan to meet Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard of 30 percent by 2030. It has been eight years since the solar system went online.