Rock Hall Town Council, Washington Gas Energy Systems and Standard Solar
Dedicate 1.26 Megawatt, Net-Metered Solar Array on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Kent County continues solar leadership by utilizing net-metering and power
ROCK HALL, Md. & HERNDON, Va. -- November 16, 2012
Today, the Rock Hall Town Council, Mayor Robert Willis, County Commissioner
Ron Fithian, community stakeholders and partner officials, dedicated the
county’s newest aggregate, net-metered solar array on Maryland’s Eastern
Shore. The Rock Hall solar array was installed by Standard Solar, Inc., and
will be owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.
“The Town of Rock Hall has embarked on a long-term renewable energy agreement
that will produce significant financial savings, positively affecting the
town’s fiscal budget, while exemplifying our stewardship towards a better
environment,” said Rock Hall Mayor Robert Willis. “We look forward to a
rewarding partnership with Washington Gas Energy Systems and Standard Solar
for many years to come.”
The Rock Hall solar system is Kent County’s second solar project to make use
of Maryland’s new aggregate, net-metering law that allows one solar system to
serve facilities at various locations. The electricity produced by the array
will be used by the town’s Waste Water Treatment Plant, Water Treatment Plant
and Pumping Station, Rock Hall Town Hall, Rock Hall Elementary School and the
Kent County Board of Education Building, providing approximately 75 percent of
their electricity needs.
“In my dual role as Town Manager and County Commissioner,I have had a chance
to work with both Washington Gas Energy Systems and Standard Solar on three
large Kent County solar projects, including this one. I can't say enough about
how easy and professional both companies are to work with. From the very
beginning, they told us what they were going to do and performed the job with
a great deal proficiency and expertise. They have been a real pleasure to work
with, and I thank them for helping to make all these projects a reality here
in Kent County,” said Town Manager and Kent County Commissioner, Ron Fithian.
The 5,300 panel ground-mounted system, which was built at the Rock Hall Waste
Water Treatment Plant, will provide an estimated 1,674 megawatt hours (MWh) of
renewable, emission-free electricity annually to the five county facilities.
The system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an amount equal to taking
more than 249 passenger vehicles off the road over one year.
“Our participation in this large, public sector, aggregated, net-metered solar
project affirms our commitment to bring clean and efficient energy solutions
to local communities,” said Sanjiv Mahan, Vice President of Business
Development for Washington Gas Energy Systems. “We are pleased to add the Rock
Hall solar system to our growing portfolio of solar investments and commend
the Town of Rock Hall and Kent County officials for their environmental
leadership. Over the last three years, WGL Holdings, Inc. has invested more
than $92 million into the development of commercial solar generation
nation-wide, and $40 million in Maryland.”
Rock Hall will purchase the electricity generated by the system under a
long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Washington Gas Energy Systems.
There were no upfront costs to the Town of Rock Hall to build this solar
“In a very short time, Kent County has reinforced its solar leadership by more
than doubling its net-metering capacity. We applaud them for enabling more
solar power than any other county in the State of Maryland,” said Tony
Clifford, CEO, Standard Solar. “The Rock Hall installation, together with the
recently completed Worton and Kennedyville projects, will provide more than
4MW of solar power and provide an aggregated net-meter model for Maryland,
demonstrating how communities can benefit from and utilize solar power."
About Rock Hall
Rock Hall, Md., is a pearl of the Chesapeake, a quaint fishing town that sits
picturesquely on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. This quiet community
traces its history back to 1707 and the beginnings of the United States –
first as an important tobacco port, and later as a major fishing and crabbing
Today, Rock Hall is a unique sailing and boating destination, home to artists,
vibrant music and lively entertainment. The town is well known for its many
celebrations, festivals, spectacular fireworks, good food and traditional
local fare. Visitors from all over the world come to enjoy Rock Hall’s natural
wildlife settings and a journey back to a simpler time.
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 Standard Solar
Standard Solar, Inc. is a leader in the full-service development,
construction, integration, financing and installation of solar electric
systems. Dedicated to making solar solutions more accessible to consumers,
businesses, institutions and governments, the company is leading the way to
energy independence. Committed to offering responsible and energy cost-saving
solar solutions that conform to the highest standards, Standard Solar is one
of the most trusted and respected solar companies. 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. The company’s Standard Energy Solutions (SES) division provides
energy auditing and retrofitting services for energy improvement projects.
Named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for three
consecutive years by Inc. magazine, Standard Solar is headquartered in
Rockville, Md. For more information, please visit www.standardsolar.com or
contact Keira Shein, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-363-9494.
Alicia Moran, 410-991-7027
for Rock Hall
Ron Fithian, 410-639-7611 X103
for Standard Solar
Keira Shein, 410-363-9494
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