SunEdison, Inc. completed construction on a 2-MW solar power plant for the Town of Elkton, Md. The mayor and commissioners approved a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunEdison to buy the solar power generated by the system and estimate that it will save the town more than $2 million on electricity costs over the life of the agreement.
“Elkton is making a positive impact on the local community by choosing to power their civic buildings with solar,” said Steve Raeder, SunEdison’s managing director of its Eastern U.S. commercial and industrial business. “This new solar power plant will save the town taxpayer dollars and generate jobs and economic activity for the area.”
Operation and maintenance of the solar power plant will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global asset management, monitoring and reporting services. SunEdison is collaborating with Rockville-based national solar energy company Standard Solar to construct the project.
“The Town of Elkton has embraced the value of renewable energy,” said Michael Ludgate, Standard Solar’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Standard Solar is proud to collaborate with such an innovative municipality that understands the importance of renewable energy and is taking the proactive steps to implement a comprehensive solar program.”
The solar power plant is expected to generate enough energy each year to power more than 270 homes and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4 million pounds—the equivalent of taking more than 400 cars off the road.
— Solar Builder magazine