Maryland-based Standard Solar has been selected by Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), to construct, own and operate a pair of ground-mount solar arrays totaling 2.5 MW.
The 3,978-panel, 1.32 MW array at South Germantown Recreational Park is expected to be completed in December. Meanwhile, the Rock Creek Regional Park will feature a 1.173 MW ground-mount array with 3,456 solar panels and is expected to be completed in early 2018. Standard Solar says the system will take advantage of aggregate net metering, whereby municipal, non-profit, agricultural customers can offset energy use at any of their meters with solar located remotely on a single meter, and is expected to provide power for multiple park facilities.
Both arrays are being built simultaneously and will use local contractors and labor, creating local jobs in Montgomery County, the company notes. When completed, the combined arrays will produce about 3,500,000 kWh of solar electricity annually.
“These projects represent another great example of counties and municipalities reaching sustainability goals and enhancing their financial bottom line by taking advantage of installing solar on unused land,” says Scott Wiater, president and CEO of Standard Solar. “We applaud Montgomery County and M-NCPPC for their unwavering commitment to sustainability and these projects.”
Standard Solar financed the projects through a long-term power purchase agreement and will own, operate and maintain the systems.