Rooftop Solar Array on University Park Elementary School Will Generate Clean Energy and Revenue for Town and County Public Schools

July 2, 2013

This story about an elementary school solar array in University Park, MD provides a good example of how shared clean energy can benefit more than one user, environmentally and financially.

County’s First Public School Solar Array Installed by Standard Solar

The University Park Elementary School will become the first Prince George’s County public school to host a rooftop solar array. The solar project, scheduled for completion later this month, is a partnership between the Town of University Park, Md. and the Prince George’s County Public School System. Standard Solar, Inc., a Maryland-based company specializing in solar electric systems, is carrying out the project.

The solar array will generate clean energy and also provide the Town and PGCPS with a shared revenue stream of up to $18,000 annually from the sale of electricity and renewable energy tax credits.

“We are thrilled to see the solar panel project at University Park coming to fruition,” said Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, Interim Superintendent of Schools. “It has been a pleasure partnering with STEP and the Town of University Park throughout this process, and I am proud that one of our elementary schools was selected for this groundbreaking initiative.”

“The solar project is the culmination of two years of work with the school board, Pepco and numerous other stakeholders and volunteers, including our entire Town Council,” noted University Park Mayor John Tabori. He continued, “The installation is a terrific example of a successful public-private partnership that delivers multiple benefits to the community, and we are pleased to be part of it!”

The project is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant to the Town for the