Standard Solar installing 1.1-MW of solar across seven Michigan schools

standard solar

Seven schools within the Flushing Community Schools district in Flushing, Mich., will all be adding solar arrays, designed, built, financed, operated and maintained by Standard Solar. The renewable energy, generated by the 1.1 megawatt (MW) of combined arrays, is estimated to save the school district $45,000 annually.

Roof mounted arrays will be installed on Springview Elementary, Central Elementary, Seymour Elementary, Early Child Center and Flushing Middle School. Ground-mount arrays will be installed at Elms Elementary and Flushing High School. The energy produced by these seven arrays will offset nearly 100% of the district’s entire current electric loads.

“Public-private partnerships are an ideal option for educational facilities and municipal governments looking to reduce their energy costs and be stewards of the environment,” said Daryl A. Pilon, M.E. at Standard Solar. “We are excited about this project and appreciate the great partnerships in place to make this project a reality for the school district.”

SB Buzz Podcast: Standard Solar CEO talks trade case, Gaz Metro deal, new tech at SPI 2017

“The Board of Education and the administration take stewardship very seriously, whether it’s stewardship of taxpayer money or natural resources,” said Flushing Community Schools Finance Director Kelly Stearns. “This transaction will save the district $45,000 every year. That’s $45,000 more in our general fund, which can be spent in the classrooms. At the same time, our students will have the opportunity to learn about renewable energy, and to have a very up-close relationship with its productions, which enhances our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.”

Miller Canfield’s Renewable Energy Finance team acted as legal counsel for the school district.

— Solar Builder magazine

Standard Solar to finance 15 new rooftop projects for DC Department of General Services

Standard Solar DC solar finance

Standard Solar CEO Scott Wiater told us about the company’s plans to start owning and financing more projects, and they are hitting the ground running, announcing financing for solar arrays on 15 new sites for the DC Department of General Services (DGS). This group of projects will be about 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 facilities. 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.

The solar arrays join the city’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 are now producing solar electricity totaling more than 7MW, or approximately 20 percent of the buildings’ electricity consumption. With the added 15 sites, onsite solar generation capacity will total more than 11MW on 50+ buildings in the District.

Through its new in-house financing capabilities, Standard Solar is able to provide a ready source of funding for solar PV projects nationally. In addition, Standard Solar is providing mentoring services to District firms for development, engineering and construction, sharing the experience gained from installing more than 9.5MWs 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,” said Tony Clifford, Chief Development Officer, 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.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Standard Solar to build, own 2.5-MW PV array for Maryland park system

Standard Solar

Standard Solar has been selected by Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), to construct, own and operate the 2.5-MW combined ground-mount arrays at South Germantown Recreational Park and Rock Creek Regional Park.

The 3,978 panel, 1.32 MW array at South Germantown Recreational Park is expected to be completed in December of this year. Rock Creek Regional Park will feature a 1.173 MW ground-mount array with 3,456 solar panels and is expected to be completed in early 2018. The system takes advantage of aggregate net metering—whereby municipal, non-profit, agricultural custom-ers can offset energy use at any of their meters with solar located remotely on a single meter—and is expected to provide power for multiple park facilities.

Both arrays are being built simultaneously and will use local contractors and labor, creating local jobs in Montgomery County.

SB Buzz Podcast: Standard Solar CEO talks trade case, Gaz Metro deal, new tech at SPI 2017

When completed, the combined arrays will produce about 3,500,000 kWh of solar electricity annually, thereby offsetting 2,877 tons of greenhouse gases yearly.

“These projects represent another great example of counties and municipalities reaching sustainability goals and enhancing their financial bottom line by taking advantage of installing solar on unused land,” said Scott Wiater, president & CEO, Standard Solar. “We applaud Montgomery County and MNCPPC for their unwavering commitment to sustainability and these projects.”

Standard Solar financed the projects through a long-term power purchase agreement and will own, operate and maintain the systems.

— Solar Builder magazine

SB Buzz Podcast: Standard Solar CEO talks trade case, Gaz Metro deal, new tech at SPI 2017

Standard Solar podcast

At Solar Power International 2017, we grabbed a few minutes of Standard Solar President and CEO Scott Wiater’s time (along with some beers) to chat about the general vibe at SPI this year. The solarcoaster makes sure that each and every SPI has its own weird vibe, but the contrast of the positive momentum in the industry with the looming Section 201 trade case decision made this one feel especially awkward. Scott and I delve into it, but also chat about Standard Solar’s growth under its new owner Gaz Métro, the challenges and opportunities he sees right now and also our (now irrelevant, but mostly correct) predictions for the Browns-Ravens game.

— Solar Builder magazine

Check out this 541-kW solar canopy project at Salisbury University

Standard Solar sent word of a completed solar installation at Salisbury University. Standard Solar constructed and will operate, own and maintain the 541.8-kW solar system featuring four solar canopies and five electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The canopies will cover a parking lot to provide shade for the University’s Parking Lot H, as well power to the adjacent educational buildings.

Standard solar parking canopy

Completed in fewer than three months, the 541.8 kW DC system is comprised of 1,548 modules that will produce 765,100 kilowatt hours of electricity annually and provide electricity to three campus buildings. The system is expected to provide the equivalent of 100 percent of the electricity needed to power the combined annual operation of three SU residence halls: Manokin, Pocomoke and Wicomico.

The system features Quest Renewables QuadPod™ double cantilever which enabled the rapid project installation timeline. With three foundations per 100kW, the QuadPod double cantilever can be applied to any parking lot configuration irrespective of parking spot width or drive aisle dimensions. 90% of QuadPod’s construction takes place on the ground, inclusive of module and inverter wiring. After ground assembly which includes nearly all electrical and lighting, the canopies are then lifted by crane for final installation, minimizing overhead work and optimizing worksite safety.

Standard solar university parking canopy

The system also features five EV charging stations, more than tripling the number on campus.

“Standard Solar’s extensive experience was evident in how efficiently the project was completed. We look forward to realizing the full environmental, educational and sustainability value that the project will deliver,” explained Wayne Shelton, SU director of campus sustainability and environmental safety.

Standard Solar will own, operate and maintain the system for 20 years, after which ownership will revert to SU.

— Solar Builder magazine