Maryland-based Standard Solar Inc. is constructing a rooftop solar array for the University Park Elementary School in Prince George's County, Md. The project, scheduled for completion later this month, is a partnership between the Town of University Park and the county's public school system.
Once completed, the 216-panel solar installation is expected to produce 85 MWh of electricity each year. In addition, a Web portal will enable students to view the system performing in real time.
‘This solar panel project will benefit both students and the community,’ says Amber Waller, a member of the board of education for the school district. ‘Students will have ongoing opportunities to build their science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills while learning how this state-of-the-art solar energy project operates and reduces energy costs.’
The project is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant for the Small Town Energy Program.