SunEdison Awarded 2.1-MW Project by UMES

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is planning to develop a photovoltaic solar farm on 20 acres of land on the University’s campus. SunEdison will finance, build, operate and maintain the 2.1-megawatt system under a solar power service agreement (SPSA). It will be the largest renewable energy project in Maryland.


Construction is scheduled to begin in early September with anticipated completion by the end of 2009. SunEdison said that the system is expected to produce more than 64 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity over the life of the 20-year agreement

“UMES is an economic engine on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this is what we do. We establish new industries and help businesses grow, said Dr. Ronald Forsythe, UMES vice president for technology and commercialization. “It has taken us two years to get to this point. The good thing is that it has been a true statewide collaboration with the University System of Maryland, the University of Maryland College Park the Office of the Attorney General and the Board of Public Works. Since everyone has shared in the learning curve to bring this project to fruition, we anticipate that benefits will accrue to us and to the state of Maryland.”


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