SunEdison has broken ground on the projects. They serve a two-fold goal – the systems will teach the students about solar power and save the district around $200,000 per year.
“Montgomery County Public Schools has a comprehensive districtwide program to reduce the environmental impact of its facilities through an Environmental Sustainability Management Plan, which includes generating solar power, recycling initiatives, energy conservation efforts and a commitment to green construction practices,” said Dr. Andrew Zuckerman, chief operating officer for the school system. “We are excited about this project because it does more than just bring a substantial amount of renewable energy into the county; it also becomes a real-life science lab where our students can see solar energy at work.”
It seems that every day brings a new story of schools going solar. From daycare to university, students are reaping the benefits of solar.
“SunEdison has a long and successful track record helping school districts across the U.S. save money with solar,” said Steve Raeder, SunEdison’s managing director of its Eastern U.S. commercial and industrial business. “This is our second consecutive project with the Montgomery County Public School system and we’re honored to have earned their business again.”
The first phase of the project is expected to be complete by the end of the year. SunEdison is partnering with Maryland’s Standard Solar to complete the project. When they come on-line, SunEdison will provide the operations and management of the systems.
“Standard Solar’s collaboration with SunEdison is a win-win,” said Tony Clifford, Standard Solar’s chief executive officer. “The Montgomery County Public School system receives local EPC expertise, and Standard Solar gets access to SunEdison’s world class financing, high-efficiency solar panels, construction capital, and management expertise. We have a great history of working with SunEdison and look forward to completing this project.”
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