A new solar field is under construction for an Eastern Shore electric distribution cooperative, and a company from the other side of the Chesapeake Bay is building it.
Rockville-based Standard Solar Inc. is building the 503-kilowatt, 1,596-panel system on a 1.2 acre field next to Choptank Electric Cooperative Inc.’s regional service center on Walston Switch Road in Salisbury. The project is expected to generate 706 megawatt hours per year for the cooperative’s regional service center in Salisbury, which serves co-op members on the lower Eastern Shore.
The solar project and other technologies will help the cooperative, which serves about 53,000 members, earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the building. Standard Solar began construction on Aug. 23 and plans to finish by early 2017.