the University Park Community Solar LLC?
The University Park (UP) Community Solar LLC is a
limited liability company of Maryland residents that have just developed a solar power
generation site in our community.
This centralized solar generation site is intended to produce
sufficient kilowatt hours (kWh) to replace a significant amount of
electricity otherwise purchased from the local utility. Clean
solar electricity substitutes for fossil-generated electricity
and stabilizes our electric rates.
How does the Solar
Solar panels were installed on our host site,
University Park Church of the Brethren , by an outside expert, Standard
Solar, Inc. They also maintain the panels. With the proceeds from
purchases of membership interests, the LLC bought the panels and paid
for the installation. The Church has begun to purchase the power
produced by the solar panels from the LLC. The LLC also sells its solar renewable energy
certificates (SRECs) earned from generating renewable energy.
the LLC members receive for their purchase of interest in UP Solar
In addition to reducing our "carbon footprint",
the members are part of a project that preserves our environment for
future generations, provides an investment model for other communities,
and provides a wonderful learning opportunity for our children living in
the neighborhood. The revenues from the solar energy and
SRECs sales go to maintaining the solar facility, operating costs
such as insurance, and a return on capital to solar members.
When were the solar
panels installed on the roof of the Church of the Brethren?
The first panel was
installed on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 and the last panel on May 21. A
dedication ceremony was held on June 12,
2010 at the church. On July 22, 2010 Pepco installed a 240 volt/400 amp overhead cable
from their system to the Church for us to harness the sunlight!
State Senator Pinsky takes time to demonstrate support for solar energy:
the solar generation site include?
Standard Solar, Inc.
installed made-in-America Sharp panels on the Church roof. The
230-watt panels were made and assembled at
Sharp’s Memphis, Tennessee
plant. The panels have been connected to
three inverters which change the DC power generated by the panels to AC
power used by the Church. Wires enclosed in a conduit have been
attached to the building circuit breaker box. A computer was
attached to the inverters to track the energy production and general
performance of the system.
The 22.77 kW solar power system is generating
30,443 kWh a year. (“kWh”
means a kilowatt-hour, or the delivery of one-thousand watts of energy
over one hour.) This provides the Church's
electricity consumption plus some excess.
UPCS a for-profit company instead of a
In exploring possible approaches to structuring our group, the
organizing committee members determined:
an effort at fund-raising, which would require much labor in grant
applications, was not the most efficient use of our limited time,|
energy generation projects had more appeal to members than to
a social benefit like carbon reduction did not preclude a possible
return on an individual’s contribution to the project. |