Carroll County, MD, to Use Solar to Cut Energy Use by 20%

September 22, 2015 By Carl Weinschenk

solar-install-energy-manageRenewable energy is coming to three sites in Carroll County, MD. The county Board of Commissioners has entered into an agreement with a consortium that has a goal of cutting the cost of electricity by 20 percent.

The sites are Hoods Mill Landfill, the Hampstead Wastewater Treatment Plant and Carroll Community College, according to The county spends about $2.9 million with Baltimore Gas and Electric annually on energy. The project is expected to cut that cost by $590,000.

The partners are Bithenergy, Sun Edison and Pivotal Power Solutions. The Hoods Mill facility will generate 7,082 Mwh of energy on 25 acres, the the Hampstead Wastewater Treatment Plant will generate 2,778 Mwh on eight acres the Carroll Community College facility will generate 1,095 Mwh on 3.62 acres.

Solar arrays are becoming more common. Ann Arbor is the home base to the largest in Michigan, according to MLive. The 4,000-plus panel array over 9.37 acres of Domino’s Farms property. The array, which has the capacity to power 200 homes, began operations on August 25.

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