Howard County Creates “Green” Energy through Solar Trackers

The Ulman Administration continued to focus on implementing green practices  last week with the announcement of the installation of three solar power trackers.  The solar power trackers are located on top of light poles in the parking lot of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.  The power that is produced from the panels is converted and fed back into the utility grid thus creating “green” energy.

 Executive and MACo President Ken Ulman stated:

“We are always looking for ways to generate more renewable energy and to promote local companies and the cutting edge technology they are developing. These panels do both those things, and are one of the many ways County government is leading by example when it comes to environmental protection.”

Developed by Columbia-based Advanced Technology & Research Corporation (ATR), the Solar Power Pole incorporates a GPS-based controller to follow the movement of the sun throughout the day and produce up to 30 percent more power than fixed panels. The panels, which can be retrofitted to most existing lighting poles, utilize existing wiring and require no ground space connections.

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