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Howard County launches multisite solar power project

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball was joined by state and local officials Thursday for a groundbreaking on the first of 11 solar projects as part of Howard County’s Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The agreement will generate 44 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, covering more than 50% of the county’s energy usage — the equivalent of taking 6,781 cars off the road.

These solar energy systems will be on both county-owned and non-county-owned property. The county then pays a per kilowatt-hour rate for the electricity generated by the solar energy systems, just as it would to any other energy supplier.

There will be solar projects on 11 separate sites, including Triple Creek Farm, Clear View Farm, Rural Rhythm Farm, Circuit Courthouse rooftop & ground mount, East Columbia Library rooftop & carport, Gateway Building rooftop & carport, Carrs Mill Landfill, 50+ Center in East Columbia, Waterloo Firehouse, Scaggsville Police Station and Detention Center.