Kent County continues solar leadership by utilizing net-metering
and power purchasing agreements
ROCK HALL, Md. & HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Today, the Rock Hall Town Council, Mayor Robert Willis, County
Commissioner Ron Fithian, community stakeholders and partner officials,
dedicated the county's newest aggregate, net-metered solar array on
Maryland's Eastern Shore. The Rock Hall solar array was installed by
Standard Solar, Inc., and will be owned and operated by Washington Gas
Energy Systems, Inc.
"The Town of Rock Hall has embarked on a long-term renewable energy
agreement that will produce significant financial savings, positively
affecting the town's fiscal budget, while exemplifying our stewardship
towards a better environment," said Rock Hall Mayor Robert Willis. "We
look forward to a rewarding partnership with Washington Gas Energy
Systems and Standard Solar for many years to come."
The Rock Hall solar system is Kent County's second solar project to make
use of Maryland's new aggregate, net-metering law that allows one solar
system to serve facilities at various locations. The electricity
produced by the array will be used by the town's Waste Water Treatment
Plant, Water Treatment Plant and Pumping Station, Rock Hall Town Hall,
Rock Hall Elementary School and the Kent County Board of Education
Building, providing approximately 75 percent of their electricity needs.
"In my dual role as Town Manager and County Commissioner, I have had a
chance to work with both Washington Gas Energy Systems and Standard
Solar on three large Kent County solar projects, including this one. I
can't say enough about how easy and professional both companies are to
work with. From the very beginning, they told us what they were going to
do and performed the job with a great deal proficiency and expertise.
They have been a real pleasure to work with, and I thank them for
helping to make all these projects a reality here in Kent County," said
Town Manager and Kent County Commissioner, Ron Fithian.
The 5,300 panel ground-mounted system, which was built at the Rock Hall
Waste Water Treatment Plant, will provide an estimated 1,674 megawatt
hours (MWh) of renewable, emission-free electricity annually to the five
county facilities. The system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an
amount equal to taking more than 249 passenger vehicles off the road
over one year.
"Our participation in this large, public sector, aggregated, net-metered
solar project affirms our commitment to bring clean and efficient energy
solutions to local communities," said Sanjiv Mahan, Vice President of
Business Development for Washington Gas Energy Systems. "We are pleased
to add the Rock Hall solar system to our growing portfolio of solar
investments and commend the Town of Rock Hall and Kent County officials
for their environmental leadership. Over the last three years, WGL
Holdings, Inc. has invested more than $92 million into the development
of commercial solar generation nation-wide, and $40 million in Maryland."
Rock Hall will purchase the electricity generated by the system under a
long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Washington Gas Energy
Systems. There were no upfront costs to the Town of Rock Hall to build
this solar system.
"In a very short time, Kent County has reinforced its solar leadership
by more than doubling its net-metering capacity. We applaud them for
enabling more solar power than any other county in the State of
Maryland," said Tony Clifford, CEO, Standard Solar. "The Rock Hall
installation, together with the recently completed Worton and
Kennedyville projects, will provide more than 4MW of solar power and
provide an aggregated net-meter model for Maryland, demonstrating how
communities can benefit from and utilize solar power."
About Rock Hall
Rock Hall, Md., is a pearl of the Chesapeake, a quaint fishing town that
sits picturesquely on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. This
quiet community traces its history back to 1707 and the beginnings of
the United States — first as an important tobacco port, and later as a
major fishing and crabbing center.
Today, Rock Hall is a unique sailing and boating destination, home to
artists, vibrant music and lively entertainment. The town is well known
for its many celebrations, festivals, spectacular fireworks, good food
and traditional local fare. Visitors from all over the world come to
enjoy Rock Hall's natural wildlife settings and a journey back to a
simpler time. http://www.rockhallmd.com.
About Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.
Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., an affiliate of Washington Gas and
a subsidiary of WGL
Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), design-builds and owns custom energy
solutions that deliver financial, operational and carbon reduction
results for non-residential customers across the United States.
Washington Gas Energy Systems is focused on federal energy efficiency
projects and commercial distributed generation assets including solar.
For more information on how Washington Gas Energy Systems can make solar
power a reality for you contact Nate Greenberg, 703-288-3614 x29, or
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
consumers, 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 energy
auditing and retrofitting services for energy improvement projects.
Named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for three
consecutive years by Inc. magazine, Standard Solar is headquartered in
Rockville, Md. For more information, please visit www.standardsolar.com
or contact Keira Shein, email@example.com,
Alicia Moran, 410-991-7027
for Rock Hall
Fithian, 410-639-7611 X103
for Standard Solar
Source: Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc. and Rock Hall and Standard Solar, Inc.
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