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County Officials Flip the Switch on the Largest Solar Energy Project in MoCo

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and other state and county leaders were in Boyds on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the largest solar project at a County facility to date.

The solar panel project at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on Whelan Lane in Boyds is the largest solar project in the county is expected to produce 60 percent of the energy used by the correctional facility. Solar and other advanced energy technologies on County facilities provide energy independence, environmental protection, and cost savings.

“Montgomery County is making significant strides toward energy independence by generating clean, local, renewable energy on County facilities,” said Leggett. “Thanks to a public-private partnership, we are able to add solar to our public facilities at no upfront cost to the County. With these solar projects, we expect to save $15 million in electric bills during the next 20 years while achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

Officials joining Leggett at the energy independence celebration included Maryland State Delegates Shane Robinson, Charles Barkley, and David Fraser-Hidalgo; County Council President Roger Berliner; County Councilmember Marc Elrich; Department of General Services Director David Dise; Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Director Robert Green; and Up-County Regional Services Director Catherine Matthews.

“With this project, Montgomery County continues to demonstrate leadership in renewable energy,” said Berliner. “We’re showing the promise of solar power in our community and saving taxpayers money while doing it.”

The solar project at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility includes two ground-mount and one rooftop array and is expected to produce 3.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year, enough to provide more than 60 percent of the electricity used by the facility. This project is part of a larger initiative to install solar on other County properties, moving the County significantly closer to independence from both the power grid and the rising cost of electricity.