University Park Community Solar LLC – the First Community Solar Power Initiative

University Park Community Solar LLC – the First Community Solar Power Initiative

3/16/2015 By: Yury Higuchi, Intern, Urban Sustainability Laboratory

In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint the University Park community in Maryland established a solar power generation plant for member residents.

Considered to be the first community-initiated solar power system, the University Park Community Solar (UPCS) LLC is a for-profit company. In 2008, UPCS became a registered Maryland LLC with the objective of organizing, financing, installing, and managing a community solar electric generating facility in the neighborhood. UPCS residents with a distributive energy generation option they did not previously have. Most of these members were renters or had poor solar access or orientation.

Photo from universityparksolar.com

UPCS at first had difficulty finding a host site with a viable roof and a cooperative owner. On May 19, 2010, Standard Solar, Inc. worked with the University Park Church of the Brethren to launch the first panel. Standard Solar installed 22.77 kilowatt of a photovoltaic (PV) system using 230-watt Sharp panels made in the United States. 35 members each pooled on average $4,000 for this investment.

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