Dedication of the first Rooftop Solar Array on a Prince George’s County public school set for October 19, 2013

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Dedication of the first Rooftop Solar Array on a Prince George’s County public school set for October 19, 2013 

Media Contacts:

Town of University Park: Chuck Wilson, STEP Program Director, ChuckWilson2@gmail.com, 202-280-8123

PGCPS: Max Pugh, Communications Director, mpugh@pgcps.org, 301-952-6001

Standard Solar: Keira Shein, keira@wilkinsonshein.com, 410-363-9494

 

University Park, Maryland -

 

The dedication of the first rooftop solar array on a Prince George’s County public school is set to take place on October 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at University Park Elementary School.

 

This innovative $200,000 project is a partnership between the Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) system and the town of University Park (UP) and was fully funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant to the Town for the Small Town Energy Program (STEP). The solar panel array, installed by Standard Solar, delivers clean energy and $16,000 in estimated annual revenues from the sale of electricity and solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) which will be shared between the PGCPS and UP each year.

 “This successful installation is a terrific example of a public-private partnership that delivers multiple benefits to the community, and we are pleased to be part of it! University Park is proud to be the member of a partnership that delivers real revenue to the community, educational benefit to students and parents and economic benefit to small business,” noted University Park Mayor John Tabori.

 

The 216-panel array has already begun to generate towards its annual capacity of 85,000 kilowatt hours, and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 tons per year compared to conventional power sources. During the array’s 25-year life span, it is expected to generate enough electricity to power 225 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,500 tons.

 

There is an extensive educational component to the solar project, which is part of a multi-year science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program taking place in three District 3 schools (Hyattsville Elementary, Nicholas Orem, University Park Elementary), that was also funded through the STEP grant. The educational goal is to develop a generation of energy-literate students and parents. The school will incorporate data from the array into the county’s STEM curriculum using a real-time web portal that tracks the system’s performance (http://datareadings.com/client/moduleSystem/Kiosk/site/bin/kiosk.cfm?k=elkWdi6e). All STEM curricula and diagnostic tool kits become the property of the PGCPS.

 

“We are pleased to see the solar panel project at University Park Elementary School coming online,” said Dr. Kevin Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer, PGCPS. “The STEM educational opportunities represented by this project will benefit our students for years to come."

 

“We are proud to be associated with this innovative project that provides educational opportunities for the University Park Elementary School students,” said Scott Wiater, President, Standard Solar.

Note to media: Media tours of the solar array for the express purpose of obtaining photographs will occur after the ceremony.

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The Town of University Park, MD is a small community of 915 homes and 2300 residents in northern Prince George's County, adjacent to the University of Maryland (www.upmd.org). University Park Elementary School is at the heart of the University Park community. In 2010, the Town was awarded a 3-year grant from the US Department of Energy to fund the Small Town Energy Program (STEP). The goal of the program was to create a roadmap for other small towns to reduce their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. STEP activities included home energy efficiency upgrades, educational programs, the school solar project, a home compost project, and an energy upgrade of Town Hall. More information can be found at www.smalltownenergy.org.

PGCPS: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 204 schools, approximately 125,000 students and nearly 18,000 employees. With an annual budget of $1.6 billion, the district serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities. PGCPS is nationally recognized for its innovative programs and initiatives, including the expansion of Advanced Placement courses and partnerships with businesses and institutions of higher learning.

 

About Standard Solar

Standard Solar, Inc. is a leader in the full-service development, construction, integration, financing and installation of solar electric systems. Since 2004, Standard Solar has been the partner of choice to make solar energy financially accessible, helping customers through financing options, including Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and navigating expanded federal and state and local tax credits. The company’s Standard Energy Solutions (SES) division provides home energy solutions including home solar, energy efficiency and energy management services. Named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for four consecutive years by Inc. Magazine, Standard Solar is headquartered in Rockville, MD. For more information, please visit www.standardsolar.com.