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A dedication was held Saturday for the first rooftop solar array in Prince George’s County Public Schools, located on top of University Park Elementary School.

The $200,000 project was funded through a U.S. Department of Energy grant to University Park’s Small Town Energy Program.

The array will deliver clean energy and an estimated $16,000 in annual revenues to the city and school system from the sale of solar renewable energy credits, according to a news release.

Data from the solar panel array will be incorporated into the school system’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curriculum utilizing a real-time web portal that tracks the system’s performance, according to the release.

“We are pleased to see the solar panel project at University Park Elementary School coming online,” school system CEO Kevin Maxwell said in the release. “The STEM educational opportunities represented by this project will benefit our students for years to come.”