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631KW Solar Panels Coming Near North College Park

The University of Maryland has recently announced the installation of  a 631 kW solar panel system, consisting of more than 2,600 modules, this summer.

The solar panels will be installed in the Severn building, formerly the Washington Post printing plant, just south of Greenbelt Road. The new site will become a multi-purpose facility that will house offices and trade shops that support the university’s electric and plumbing works. The offices and shops currently sit on 40 acres of land slated for redevelopment into student housing, retail, entertainment and a hotel.

The solar panel installation will be partly funded with a $630,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration Project Sunburst Initiative , and awarded a grant aimed at promoting the installation of renewable energy systems on public buildings in Maryland.

Rockville-based Standard Solar Inc will install the system. It will be owned by Washington Gas Energy Services, who will finance the remainder of the project cost and UMD will purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels under a 20-year agreement with WGES.

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