Flushing Community Schools to Save $45,000 Annually with 1.1 MW Solar Project by Standard Solar
The first-of-its-kind public-private partnership (P3) solar project in Michigan, the arrays will be constructed on seven schools in the district
ROCKVILLE, Md. — Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, today announced it will design, build, finance, operate and maintain solar arrays at all seven schools within the Flushing Community Schools district in Flushing, Michigan. The renewable energy, generated by the 1.1 megawatt (MW) of combined arrays, is estimated to save the school district $45,000 annually
Roof mounted arrays will be installed on Springview Elementary, Central Elementary, Seymour Elementary, Early Child Center and Flushing Middle School. Ground-mount arrays will be installed at Elms Elementary and Flushing High School. The energy produced by these seven arrays will offset nearly 100% of the district’s entire current electric loads.
“Public-private partnerships are an ideal option for educational facilities and municipal governments looking to reduce their energy costs and be stewards of the environment,” said Daryl A. Pilon, M.E. at Standard Solar. “We are excited about this project and appreciate the great partnerships in place to make this project a reality for the school district.”
“The Board of Education and the administration take stewardship very seriously, whether it’s stewardship of taxpayer money or natural resources,” said Flushing Community Schools Finance Director Kelly Stearns. “This transaction will save the district $45,000 every year. That’s $45,000 more in our general fund, which can be spent in the classrooms. At the same time, our students will have the opportunity to learn about renewable energy, and to have a very up-close relationship with its productions, which enhances our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.”
Miller Canfield’s Renewable Energy Finance team acted as legal counsel for the school district.
The project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.
About Standard Solar
Standard Solar, Inc. is a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. Dedicated to making Distributed Generation (DG) solar more accessible to businesses, institutions, governments and utilities, the company is forging the path for clean, renewable energy development through turnkey solutions. With more than 100 megawatts installed, financed and maintained, Standard Solar is one of the most trusted and respected solar companies in the US. Owned by Énergir, a leading energy provider with more than $5.8 billion US in assets, Standard Solar operates nationally and is headquartered in Rockville, Md. For more information, please visit www.standardsolar.com.