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County Executive Leopold Announces New Solar Energy Project for Millersville Facility

First large-scale renewable energy County project

Annapolis, MD (April 22, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that Anne Arundel County has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Maryland Energy Administration to create its first large-scale solar project.

"I am proud that on Earth Day we can announce this significant project. Moving away from dependence on dirty fuels goes a long way toward making our air, water and land cleaner," County Executive Leopold said. "This represents a significant movement toward renewable energy sources."

The Project Sunburst Renewable Energy Grant is funded from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) to promote clean, affordable and reliable energy. The building selected to receive the photovoltaic (PV) panels is the Combined Support Services Complex in Millersville. This 165,000 square foot facility provides office and warehouse space for Police, Fire, Facilities Management and the Board of Education.

After being competitively procured via a power procurement agreement (PPA) this project will be designed, built and operated by a third party to provide electric power and financial savings to Anne Arundel County. The project will be designed to generate 500 kWh annually of electricity.

"This grant will provide not only economical renewable power but also a boost to the local economy with much needed job creation," County Executive Leopold said.


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