Urban Grid Holdings LLC, a developer and financier of solar projects throughout the U.S., has announced the completion of three projects totaling 511 kW of solar energy in Washington, D.C. These three rooftop projects represent the first phase of a 1,228 kW portfolio on seven charter schools for Friendship Public Charter Schools with the remaining installations to be completed in early summer.
Universal Renewables developed and is constructing the projects, and Urban Grid is providing financing through a power purchase agreement with Friendship, which is expected to significantly save on energy costs over the life of the agreement.
This first phase of installations includes a 211.2 kW roof-mounted solar array at Blow Pierce Junior Academy, a 151.8 kW roof-mounted array at Chamberlain Elementary and Middle, and a 148.5 kW roof-mounted array at Woodridge International. When complete, the entire portfolio will produce 1,536,857 kWh annually, according to Urban Grid.
“Urban Grid is excited to be bringing these projects, our first in the District of Columbia, to successful completion with the support of Friendship Public Charter Schools,” says Frank DePew, president of Urban Grid. “We see solar installations on school buildings as a natural fit, providing not only energy cost savings to the school, but also invaluable vehicles for expanding educational opportunities for students in the classroom. With these installations, Friendship Public Charter Schools is setting an example of sustainability in practice for other institutions across the city.”