April 11, 2014
In late December 2013 Delaware Technical Community College became host to Delaware's largest combined use of carport, rooftop and ground mount arrays in a solar installation. Standard Solar, Inc., a leader in the full-service development, construction, integration, financing and installation of solar electric systems, installed the 800 kilowatt (kw), 2,645 panel solar system which includes solar installations at all four Delaware Technical Community College locations. Financing for the expected annual 1,075 megawatt hour project was arranged through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement by Urban Grid Holdings, LLC (Urban Grid), a specialist in the development and financing of mid- to large-sized commercial solar projects.
The project's solar modules, a product of Motech Americas LLC of Newark, represent the state's largest use of Delaware manufactured modules in an academic setting.
'This project is the result of a partnership dedicated to advancing solar energy in Delaware. As a provider of energy education, it is also important that our own operations serve as a role model for our students, for the businesses we serve, and for the community. These solar panels put the College well on its way to achieving a 20% reduction in its carbon footprint in the next couple of years,' said College President, Dr. Orlando J. George, Jr.
Each installation will provide power to its own site with the exception of the Wilmington Carport which uses aggregate net metering to power two other sites. The arrays are expected to offset approximately six percent of the annual total energy needs of the four sites.
'Through this project, Delaware Technical Community College has reinforced their dedication to furthering the field of energy management while also significantly contributing to Delaware's renewable energy portfolio. By installing this solar system, the College is also providing the student body with an invaluable learning platform,' said Scott Wiater, President of Standard Solar.
The College's focus on advancing energy management studies includes building energy labs in all three counties and offering associate degrees in renewable energy solar, energy management and building automation systems.
About Standard Solar
Standard Solar, Inc. is a leader in the full-service development, construction, integration, financing and installation of solar electric systems. Dedicated to making solar solutions more accessible to businesses, institutions and governments, the company is leading the way to energy independence. Committed to offering responsible and energy cost-saving solar solutions that conform to the highest standards, Standard Solar is one of the most trusted and respected solar companies. 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.
About Urban Grid
Urban Grid Holdings, LLC is a leading developer and financier of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects throughout the United States. Urban Grid specializes in providing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for projects ranging from 800kW - 5MW for commercial, educational, government and non-profit organizations and is committed to developing high-quality solar projects designed to generate consistent performance and predictable returns Urban Grid is headquartered in Stevensville, MD. For more information, please visit www.urbangridco.com.
About Delaware Technical Community College
Delaware Tech - the First State's only community college - offers academic, technical, continuing education, and corporate and community training comprising more than 100 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Delaware Tech has four campuses across Delaware in Georgetown, Dover, Stanton and Wilmington. Visit www.dtcc.edu to learn more about Delaware Tech's programs.
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