Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Severn Building Solar Array

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About the Severn Solar Array

UMD was selected as a Maryland Energy Administration Project Sunburst Initiative Partner and awarded a grant aimed at promoting the installation of renewable energy systems on public buildings in Maryland. Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES) financed the remainder of the project cost and UMD will purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels under a 20-year agreement with WGES. The 631 kilowatt system, which was installed by Standard Solar, Inc. of Rockville, Md., is owned and operated by WGES. It will produce about 792 megawatt hours of electricity each year. The array is constructed with 2,632 Suniva solar panels configured in 188 strings with 14 panels per string, installed using a Sunlink ballasted non penetrating racking system all tilted at 10 degrees.

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Green Energy Tips:

  • Turn off lights in hallways and bathrooms (especially at night!)
  • Switch to CFL lightbulbs
  • Turn your thermostat a few degrees up in the summer and down in the winter
  • Unplug electronics when not in use