Maryland-based Standard Solar Inc. has announced it will finance solar arrays on 15 new sites in Washington, D.C., for the D.C. Department of General Services (DGS), representing approximately 2,000 MWh of additional onsite solar generation per year.
DC Solar, a CBE JV with headquarters in the District of Columbia, developed the project, and Standard Solar will own and operate the installations. Construction on the first site is already under way, and the project sites are expected to be completed and in-service in the spring 2018.
According to Standard Solar, the new arrays will join the D.C. government’s rapidly growing solar portfolio, which helped the district be designated the first city in the world to become a LEED Platinum city. In the past two years, with Standard Solar’s support, DGS has engineered and installed solar arrays on the roofs of 30+ public schools, other educational buildings (including administrative offices), police and fire facilities. Those projects total more than 7 MW, covering approximately 20% of the buildings’ electricity consumption. With the added 15 sites, onsite solar generation capacity will total more than 11 MW on 50+ buildings in the district.
Through its new in-house financing capabilities, Standard Solar says it is able to provide a ready source of funding for solar PV projects nationally. In addition, the company is providing mentoring services to D.C. firms for development, engineering and construction, sharing the experience gained from installing more than 9.5 MW in the district since 2009.
“We’re thrilled to help move our nation’s capital even further along in its mission to lead the rest of the world with its commitment to renewable energy,” says Tony Clifford, chief development officer of Standard Solar. “For us, it was an easy decision to provide project funding for this round of projects and add to the city’s sterling reputation for climate-change leadership.”
“We commend DGS for its forward-thinking agenda and making solar such an integral part of it,” says Dr. Lilia Abron, managing partner of DC Solar. “When our city calls us to serve, we are ready and willing to heed the call.”
Since announcing its commitment to investing in clean energy, creating green jobs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the D.C. City Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser have passed an expanded renewable portfolio standard and unleashed new solar growth throughout the city for the next decade.