Elkton, Maryland has taken a giant leap forward in reducing its carbon footprint. Yesterday, SunEdison announced the completion of the town’s new 2 MW solar plant.
Elkton will pay for the plan through a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement. The city expects to save $2 million in electricity costs over the lifetime of the agreement.
Upton installing the final solar panel in a ceremony on Wednesday; Robert J. Alt, the Mayor of the Town of Elkton said, “This solar project is a major step forward in environmental preservation and energy savings for our town in more ways than one. It will reduce the carbon footprint for all of Elkton’s operations, and should save us approximately $2 million over the next 20 years!”
SunEdison collaborated with Standard Solar to complete the project. Standard Solar is based in Maryland.
Michael Ludgate, Standard Solar’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, said, “The Town of Elkton has embraced the value of renewable energy…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.”
SunEdison Services will provide operations and maintenance of the system.
The managing director of Eastern U.S. commercial and industrial business for SunEdison, Steve Raeder, said, “Elkton is making a positive impact on the local community by choosing to power their civic buildings with solar…This new solar power plant will save the town taxpayer dollars and generate jobs and economic activity for the area.”