The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) will install a 631 kW PV installation, consisting of more than 2,600 modules, this summer. UMD was selected as a Maryland Energy Administration Project Sunburst Initiative Partner and awarded a grant aimed at promoting the installation of renewable energy systems on public buildings in Maryland.
As a result of a competitive bid process, Washington Gas Energy Services Inc. (WGES) will finance the remainder of the project cost, and UMD will purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels under a 20-year agreement with WGES. The solar power system will be installed by Standard Solar Inc. on the roof of UMD's Severn building, a multi-purpose facility located less than a mile from the College Park campus.
The project, which will be owned and operated by WGES, will produce about 792 MWh of electricity each year, UMD says.
SOURCE: University of Maryland