Wilmington Friends School to use new campus solar power system for student education
Project will be owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Services,
Inc. and installed by Standard Solar
WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Wilmington Friends School, one of the oldest private schools in the
country, today announced that it will install more than 700 solar
photovoltaic (PV) panels on the rooftops of two campus buildings this
summer, resulting in one of the largest of solar PV systems on a K-12
school in Delaware and providing a unique learning opportunity for the
Installed by Standard Solar, Inc. and owned and operated by Washington
Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES), the system will provide electricity
for both the lower school building (319 panels) and the upper school
building (407 panels). Upper School students will be able to monitor the
real-time output from the solar PV panels through a display to be
installed in the school, and data from and about the system will be
incorporated into the science curriculum.
The 200 kW solar PV system will produce approximately 246,000 kilowatt
hours of electricity annually, the equivalent of eliminating 170 metric
tons of carbon dioxide a year — the same as burning 19,000 fewer gallons
of gasoline or planting more than 4,000 tree seedlings that grow for 10
years. Installed at no up-front cost to the school, Wilmington Friends
will purchase the electricity generated by the system from WGES under a
long term power purchase agreement.
"This project reflects mutually reinforcing aspects of our mission—the
centuries-old Quaker commitment to stewardship and the commitment to 21st
century excellence in global education," said Bryan Garman, Head of
School at Wilmington Friends. "The solar PV system will help us to teach
and inspire students as they grow as leaders committed to a more
The Quaker testimony of "stewardship" is a consistent theme at Friends
School, and received particular attention this year beginning with a
visit from Nobel Laureate Eric Chivian, Founder and Director of the
Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.
The many classroom activities focused on sustainability included:
research in lower school science about the effects of contaminated water
and soil on a park; a middle school project to design and build indoor
composting systems; and a green roof design project as part of the
International Baccalaureate (IB) interdisciplinary science unit in upper
"WGES' efforts to help customers find environmentally attractive
solutions for their energy needs are bolstered by state programs and
policies that encourage, and in fact rely on, the competitive market to
invest in these clean energy technologies," said Harry Warren,
president, WGES. "The Wilmington Friends School project will bring our
rapidly growing portfolio of owned, operated and committed solar power
projects here in Delaware to 1.8 megawatts."
"The popularity of solar installations at educational institutions is
growing rapidly due to the tremendous economic, environmental and
educational opportunities," said Scott Wiater, president, Standard
Solar. "We are excited to be a part of this project and doing our part
to help Wilmington Friends and its students take another step forward in
their environmental stewardship."
About Wilmington Friends
Founded in 1748, Wilmington Friends is a Quaker, co-ed school, serving
students in the Early Learning Center (ages two and three) through grade
12. Signature international programs include the International
Baccalaureate (first authorized IB school in Delaware) and School Year
Abroad (first member school in Delaware); and starting in 2011-12, a
Mandarin Language Program in middle and upper school. Friends offers a
"global" approach to education at all grade levels, in content and in
teaching students to engage complex issues intellectually and in action,
in and outside of the classroom, with a sense of confidence and
responsibility. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfriends.org.
About Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.
Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. is one of the largest competitive
providers of electricity and natural gas in the mid-Atlantic region, and
supplies over 335,000 customers in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, the
District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Herndon, VA,
Washington Gas Energy Services is an affiliate of Washington Gas and a
subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL). For more information,
please visit www.wges.com,
or contact Leah Gibbons at 703-793-7565, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Standard Solar
Standard Solar, Inc. is a leader in the full-service development,
construction, integration, financing and installation of solar electric
systems. 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. Ranked the
73rd Fastest Growing Private Company in America in 2010 by Inc.
magazine, and the highest-ranking renewable energy company on the list,
Standard Solar is headquartered in Rockville, Md. For more information,
please visit www.standardsolar.com,
or contact Keira Shein at WilkinsonShein Communications at 410-363-9494,
Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.
Leah Gibbons, 703-793-7565
Standard Solar, Inc.
Source: Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.
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