4-MW community portion of Maryland landfill solar project dedicated to LMI subscribers
Montgomery County, Maryland, coming to Montgomery County, Maryland. Ameresco and neighborhood sun, a community solar company with solar software platform Sun Engine, announced the project this week. Through the subscription program, Montgomery County residents who are members of the utility company Pepco and who qualify as an LMI are eligible to receive 25% monthly savings on their electricity bills. Subscriptions are now available here.
The array is located on the capped Oaks landfill in Gaithersburg. The 6 MW project is divided into three 2 MW arrays. Array 1 is intended for use by the county and is covered by a power purchase agreement. Arrays 2 and 3 will be the community solar project where 100% of the electricity generated will be supplied to low to middle income residents.
“The equitable and equitable deployment of renewable energy in the US is critical to expanding our clean energy economy and addressing environmental injustices,” said Gary Skulnik, CEO of Neighborhood Sun. “As a Montgomery County company, we are especially pleased with the county’s support for expanding access to energy to underserved communities.
Construction on the project is expected to start in early 2022.
“Not only will this project save energy costs for the county and its participating low-to-middle-income residents, but it will also leverage under-utilized land that will provide revenue for the county and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. contribute to the goal of carbon neutrality,” said Ameresco Senior Vice President Jon Mancini. “Through this initiative, the county will demonstrate an enduring commitment to sustainability that will bring economic and environmental benefits to the Montgomery County community for years to come.”
The project received a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.
“The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) was pleased to provide more than $950,000 in grants for this project through MEA’s Low-to-Moderate Income Community Solar Program, which provides incentives to reduce the cost of electricity generated from clean energy to Marylander’s , with revenue constraints resulting in energy costs being a disproportionate share of their household expenses,” said Mary Beth Tung, director of MEA.
Regulators in Maryland recently voted to expand the capacity of the state’s solar program and improve access for LMI customer participation in the state’s Community Solar Pilot program.
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