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March 10, 2015

Stafford installing 3.6MW of solar

The town of Stafford has contracted to install three solar arrays totaling 3.6 megawatts and 11,780 panels for a virtual net metering project.

Maryland installer Standard Solar will put in the systems at the town landfill and two at Stafford Middle School.

Instead of using a typical power purchase agreement to pay for the project, the town will purchase the system outright through a tax-exempt lease purchase and then disburse it to all the town-owned meters such as schools and municipal buildings in order to reduce their costs, utilizing the state's new virtual net metering rules, which enable certain owners of large solar systems to sell their power.

The solar systems are expected to save the town $12.3 million in energy costs over the next 25 years.

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