Anne Arundel Community College Installs One of the Largest Solar Carport Systems on the East Coast

Standard Solar, Inc. installed more than 3,100 Suniva solar panels to create a 753 kW Protek Park photovoltaic (PV) canopy system in two parking lots at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) in Arnold, Md. Parking is at a premium at AACC so one of the stipulations for using solar panels is that the college would not have to give up any parking spaces. Using the Protek Park photovoltaic (PV) canopy system allows students to park under the panels.

ROCKVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Standard Solar, Inc., a leader in the full-service development and installation of solar electric systems for commercial, government and residential customers, today announced construction of a 753 kW system for Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). The entire photovoltaic (PV) system is being installed on top of a covered parking structure – the largest such system in Maryland and one of the largest carport systems on the East Coast. As a Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Project Sunburst Partner, AACC received an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) grant from the MEA specifically designed for the development of solar electric projects on public buildings in Maryland. Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES) provided the balance of the financing for the project and will own and operate the system once installed.

“We see this as an important step forward in our commitment to cost-effective renewable energy. This system will provide about 5 percent of the college’s total electrical need, and we are excited to continue moving in this direction”

The entire PV system is being installed directly on top of the parking structure using a Protek Park PV canopy system. This system will consist of more than 3,100 “Buy American” compliant Suniva solar panels. Once completed, AACC’s system is expected to generate approximately one million kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year of operations, enough to power 100 average homes and the equivalent of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from more than 77,000 gallons of gasoline per year, or over 1 million gallons over the next 15 years. The system is projected to save the college more than $300,000 over the next 15 years.

“We see this as an important step forward in our commitment to cost-effective renewable energy. This system will provide about 5 percent of the college’s total electrical need, and we are excited to continue moving in this direction,” said AACC President Dr. Martha A. Smith.

The system will also feature a complete monitoring system for the PV facility which will collect live data from the solar panels, as well as electricity generated, solar irr