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Community and educational leaders from Kent County were on hand to celebrate the dedication of Standard Solar’s Worton solar project in Maryland. The project, owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), is the first public sector solar system to use the state’s new aggregate, net-metering law that allows one solar system to serve facilities at different locations.
Energy produced by the ground-mounted Worton project will be used at Worton Elementary School, Kent County High School, KCHS Radio Antenna, the Kent County Community Centre and the County Public Works Facility. The array was built on land owned by the Board of Education and will provide around 1,600MWh of electricity per year to the five county facilities. Kent County and the Board of Education will purchase the electricity produced under a long-term PPA with WGES at no up-front cost.
“The Kent County Commissioners are pleased to partner with the Kent County Board of Education, Washington Gas Energy Services and Standard Solar to bring this new source of clean, renewable energy to our schools and community centre,” said Ronald Fithian, president of the Kent County Commissioners. “Kent County is proud to lead the way when it comes to adopting solar projects and the Worton project is the first of several projects underway in Kent County helping us move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy while saving money on our electric bills. We are especially pleased to know the Board of Education will also use this as a learning opportunity for its students.”