2.2 MW DuraTrack HZ™ Tracking System Complete at University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Array Technologies’ trackers to meet 15% of campus’ energy needs
Albuquerque, NM – 3/28/11 – A 2.2 MW system has been activated for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the largest single solar installation to date in Maryland. Utilizing Array Technologies’ DuraTrack HZ™ tracking system, the site is owned and operated by SunEdison, which will sell the energy produced to the university under a 20-year power-purchasing agreement.
With the ability of the DuraTrack HZ™ tracking system to provide up to a 25% net energy gain of the over conventional fixed-rack installations, the university is able to generate more power with the same amount of available land. The smart design of the tracker also minimizes material costs while maintaining robust, reliable and tough performance on any type of terrain. In the end, this means that the university will receive its best return on investment for the project—additional savings for the school, the state of Maryland, and ultimately the taxpayers.
Located on a former 17-acre cornfield, the site will offset CO2 emissions equivalent to taking 11,800 cars off the road for its lifetime. During the summer when power demands on campus are low, the energy generated will feed directly into the grid—purchased by the utility and deducted from the university’s future energy bills.
About Array Technologies
Array Technologies, Inc., provides unequalled expertise in engineering and manufacturing innovative solar tracking systems for utilities, corporations, and small businesses worldwide. Array’s patented tracker designs have established the standard for cost-effective, robust, reliable, and easy to install tracking solutions. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, Array Technologies’ trackers are manufactured in the USA.
SunEdison is a global provider of solar energy services. The company develops, finances, installs and operates distributed power plants using proven photovoltaic technologies, delivering fully managed, predictably priced solar energy services for its commercial, government and utility customers. In 2009, SunEdison delivered more kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy than any other solar services provider in North America. For more information about SunEdison, please visit www.sunedison.com.