The Mayor and Commissioners approved a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison to buy the solar power generated by the system and estimate that it will save the town more than $2 million on electricity costs over the life of the agreement.
The solar power plant is expected to generate enough energy each year to power more than 270 homes and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4 million pounds—the equivalent of taking more than 400 cars off the road.
"Elkton is making a positive impact on the local community by choosing to power their civic buildings with solar," said Steve Raeder, SunEdison's managing director of its Eastern U.S. commercial and industrial business. "This new solar power plant will save the town taxpayer dollars and generate jobs and economic activity for the area."
Robert J. Alt, Mayor of the Town of Elkton, installed the final solar panel in a ceremony on Wednesday and said: "This solar project is a major step forward in environmental preservation and energy savings for our town in more ways than one. It will reduce the carbon footprint for all of Elkton's operations, and should save us approximately $2 million over the next 20 years!"
SunEdison is collaborating with Rockville, Md. based national solar energy company Standard Solar to construct the project.
"The Town of Elkton has embraced the value of renewable energy," said Michael Ludgate, Standard Solar's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "Standard Solar is proud to collaborate with such an innovative municipality that understands the importance of renewable energy and is taking the proactive steps to implement a comprehensive solar program."
Operation and maintenance of the solar power plant will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.