Converting sunlight to electricity will be the job of nearly 8,500 solar panels included in solar farm projects to be installed at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and the Sandy Hill Creative Disposal Project in Prince George’s County.
The projects will span several acres at the county facilities and help decrease the county’s energy cost, improve its carbon footprint and provide electricity service to county homes and buildings. The projects are anticipated to supply 4 to 5-megawatts of renewable energy to the county’s power grid, enough to power about 800 homes.
“The projects are positive contributions to the rapidly changing energy landscape in the state of Maryland, and are an environmental and economic win for Prince George’s County,” said Department of Environmental Resources Director Adam Ortiz.
The county is reviewing proposals from public companies it could partner with on a long-term basis to provide comprehensive support in the design, construction, operation, finance and maintenance of the solar farm projects.
“These solar farm projects will be a great benefit and foster the county’s movement toward more sustainable energy resources. They underscore our efforts to produce clean and renewable solar power while diversifying the county’s energy source options,” said Office of Central Services Acting Director Roland Jones.
The solar farms will be built on closed portions of the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill in Upper Marlboro and the Sandy Hill Creative Disposal Project in Bowie. Upon the successful launch of the initial stations, expansion of the project will occur to other facilities within the county.
For more information about the solar farm projects, contact County Click 3-1-1.