SunEdison has begun construction on a 2.8 megawatt (MW) solar project for eight schools in the Montgomery County Public School system in Maryland.
The eight solar power plants are expected to deliver approximately $200,000 of savings per year at current utility rates.
The systems are projected to generate enough electricity each year to power more than 260 homes and avoid the emission of more than 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of removing 500 cars from the road, the company said.
SunEdison is partnering with Rockville, Md. based solar installer Standard Solar to construct the project.
This is SunEdison’s second consecutive project with the Montgomery County Public School system, and part of the school’s district-wide program to reduce the environmental impact of its facilities through an Environmental Sustainability Management Plan.
The school thinks this project does more than just bring a substantial amount of renewable energy into the county; it also becomes a real-life science lab where their students can see solar energy at work.
Construction of the first phase of the 2.8 MW solar project is targeted for completion in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Operation and maintenance of the solar power plants will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.