University Park Elementary School Solar Array

The Town of University Park is proud to have the University Park Elementary School as the first Prince George’s County public school to host a rooftop solar array. This project was a huge collaborative effort that took 2 years of work with the school board, Pepco and numerous other stakeholders and volunteers, including our entire Town Council. The project is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant to the Town for the Small Town Energy Program (STEP) and is delivering clean energy and revenues at no cost to the Town or to Prince George's County Schools.

Excerpt from Tech and Learning

"Once completed, the 216-panel solar installation will contribute 85,000 kWh of clean electricity into the grid each year, enough to power nine homes, while also reducing by 60 tons the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that would have been created by a conventional power plant to produce the same amount of electricity. Over its anticipated quarter-century lifetime, the project will provide the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 225 homes and reduce GHG emissions by 1,500 tons."

Read more of the article from Tech and Learning

More information

The Riverdale Park Patch's article about the Solar Array project

PGCPS bulletin on the dedication of the Solar Array on October 19, 2013

Visit the Dashboard for the Solar Array at University Park Elementary School to view the status of the solar array.

Prince George's County Resources

Department of Environment works for a healthy, beautiful and sustainable County through programs that provide clean water, flood control, recycling and waste management, litter prevention, animal services and pet adoption in partnership with residents and other stakeholders.

Sustainability Division is dedicated to the management, restoration and protection of the water, air and natural resources. 

Sustainable Energy Program's objective is to provide reliable and environmentally sound energy solutions that enhance the quality of life of Prince George's County residents' while concomitantly maximizing energy savings.