CAMBRIDGE, Md. & MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Washington Gas Energy Systems today announced it has signed a contract with the Dorchester County Public School System (DCPS) and Kenyon Energy to build, own and operate a 3,276 panel, 803 kilowatt (kW), ground-mounted solar array in Dorchester County. The expected annual output of 1,108 megawatts (MWh) will help power Mace’s Lane Middle School in Cambridge, Md.
“This project will provide clean, renewable energy to Mace’s Lane Middle School for the next twenty years as a result of this investment by Washington Gas Energy Systems and their partner Kenyon Energy,” said Dr. Henry V. Wagner, Jr., Superintendent of Dorchester County Public Schools. “This solar array, which required no upfront financial outlay from the County, will also serve as an educational vehicle encouraging environmental sustainability awareness in our classrooms.”
Washington Gas Energy Systems will own and operate the array under a 20-year power purchasing agreement and Kenyon Energy will install the system. Dorchester County Public Schools provided the property on which the system is located, with expected project completion by the end of 2012. The Mace’s Lane Middle School solar array will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to planting more than 35,000 pine trees or avoiding the use of 1,780,000 gallons of gasoline over 20 years.
“We commend the Dorchester County Public School System and their leadership for their environmental stewardship and are pleased to partner with them and Kenyon Energy on this project,” said Sanjiv Mahan, Vice President of Business Development for Washington Gas Energy Systems. “Investing in the development of renewable energy generation assets is a high priority for Washington Gas Energy Systems, as is the opportunity to invest in our future through the education of students on sustainable energy alternatives.”
Throughout 2012, Washington Gas Energy Systems has supported the development of solar generation projects in partnership with public school administrations in Dorchester, Caroline and Kent Counties. As of August 2012, more than 25,500 (kW) of solar capacity is operating or under contract through Washington Gas Energy Systems and WGL Holdings, Inc. subsidiaries. Over the last three years, WGL Holdings, Inc. has invested more than $92 million into the development of solar generation nation-wide.
“As part of our on-going commitment to help Maryland achieve its renewable energy goals, we look forward to working with Dorchester County Public Schools and Washington Gas Energy Systems throughout the development of this significant solar system to help power Mace’s Lane Middle School,” said Michael Dykstra, Kenyon Energy Senior Vice President.
About Dorchester County Public Schools
Dorchester County Public Schools is one of 24 Maryland Public School systems and is located in the central part of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. There are approximately 4,650 students who are educated in six elementary schools, one elementary/middle school, two middle schools, two high schools, one career-tech center and an early childhood center. The school system, headed by a five member elected Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools, Henry V. Wagner, Jr. Ed.D, is one of the largest employers in Dorchester County with over 700 full time employees and a total operating budget for FY 2013 of $51.8 million. For more information on Dorchester County Public Schools contact Ms. Chris Dayton, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, 410-221-1111, Ext. 1002, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 e-mail email@example.com.
About Kenyon Energy, LLC
Through its nation-wide funding, development and operation of commercial scale solar power facilities, Kenyon Energy provides cost effective renewable energy solutions to offset a host’s traditional energy consumption. By offering fully funded, turnkey renewable power solutions, Kenyon Energy helps make solar and other alternative power sources realistic alternatives for public and private sector entities. The company provides funding, ownership, and ongoing operational support for systems ranging in size up to 20 MW. For more information, call Mike Dykstra at (727) 608-1019 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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