Washington County Solar Array Breaks Ground

The Herald-Mail reports that on July 7, the planned largest solar array in Maryland broke ground for development. From the article:

The $70 million project was announced in May 2011, when Maryland Solar LLC said it planned to build the 20-megawatt array on state-owned land near the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown off Roxbury Road.

At peak output, the plant is supposed to be capable of generating enough electricity to power 2,700 homes.

Last year, local governments established agreements to draw power from the forthcoming facility:

The Washington County Board of Commissioners in June announced it had agreed to a power purchase and lease agreement with EPG Solar. The company will lease up to 130 acres at the county’s Forty West and Resh Road landfills for a 25-megawatt project.

The town of Hancock last year signed a power purchase agreement with Millennium 3 Energy of Hagerstown for a solar facility that company installed at the town’s sewage treatment plant.

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