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St. Mary’s County Public Schools


St. Mary’s County Public Schools

  • System Specs | 510.3 kW
  • System Production | 677 MWh annually
  • Environmental Benefits | Offsets 592 tons of carbon dioxide annually

St. Mary’s County Public Schools made a commitment to green schools—and honored it by enlisting Standard Solar to install and operate a more than 500 kW solar system on the grounds and roof of George Washington Carver Elementary School. The system, made possible by a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration’s Project Sunburst, will secure clean, renewable energy for the school and its students.

St. Mary’s County Public School System (SMCPS) saw an opportunity to stabilize energy costs and provide a dynamic learning experience for its students while making a positive step for the environment. SMCPS applied for and won a $500,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration’s Project Sunburst program to assist in securing a solar PV system to be installed on the county’s school buildings.

Standard Solar won the project due to their expertise with providing turnkey solar solutions for education, commercial and utility clients, and its ability to provide the financing, operations and maintenance of the system.

George Washington Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park, MD was selected to host the first of the solar PV systems. The project will be integrated into learning opportunities for students as well as offset much of the school’s monthly energy costs. Along with the grant, the financing offered by Standard Solar will allow the school system to reap the benefits of the solar system without any capital outlay.

The initial installation consists of a 510.3 kW system of more than 2100 ARRA compliant solar panels. The elementary school’s system is expected to generate approximately 677 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in its first year of operations, representing 80 percent of the school’s energy needs. The amount of clean energy the system will produce in its first year is equivalent to taking 105.5 cars off the road each year.

The MEA Project Sunburst vision to install clean, affordable and reliable energy systems has been realized on the roof and ground arrays surrounding George Washington Carver Elementary. The school has made an ongoing commitment to the environment and using sustainable resources as well as making a bold move for the future of its students and community.

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