The Department of Energy recently announced that it is working with Pepco Energy Services, Inc. to construct a $2.3 million photovoltaic project at its Germantown, Maryland, campus.
The 10-month construction project award, which began in October 2010, includes a 300 kW solar PV ground-mounted array and a 52 kW solar PV carport array with a Class II electric car charging station. Both the ground array and the carport array will be operational by July 2011.
This renewable energy project will use monocrystalline PV modules manufactured by incarcerated Americans employed through Federal Prison Industries (FPI).
Once completed, the project will produce significant renewable energy and reduce the Department of Energy’s greenhouse gas emissions. It will also effectively remove approximately 350 kW of energy demand off the grid daily when the system is at full design and operation.
The announcement comes fast on the heels of President Obama’s second State of the Union address, in which he reiterated his goal of making the United States the first country in the world to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
“Pepco Energy is pleased to implement the Department of Energy’s photovoltaic project,” said John Huffman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Energy. “We are excited to work with the Department of Energy on this important step forward advancing the commercialization of electric vehicles.”
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