Queen Anne’s County partnered with SolarCity to install 13,619 solar panels (approximately 3.54 megawatts) on 20 acres of previously underutilized land. The large, ground-mounted system produces enough energy to fully power five county facilities: the Department of Emergency Services, Department of Public Works, Department of Correction, the Liberty Building and the Health Department. The Kent Island Wastewater Plant uses any remaining energy the solar array produces.
“With the addition of three more megawatts of solar energy from the Eastern Shore, we’re closer to a more resilient grid and even closer to reaching our goal of achieving 20% of in-state renewable generation by 2022,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.
The installation is expected to save the county approximately $350,000* each year – adding up to $6.2 million* in savings over the lifetime of the contract.
The SolarCIty Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) lets the county generate energy with no upfront costs and low rates that are guaranteed for the next 20 years, with SolarCity covering all repairs and insurance.
“Not only could the county save approximately $6.2 million* during the life of the project, but those savings are being achieved with no upfront cost to county taxpayers,” said Queen Anne’s County Sustainability Council Member Alex Likowski. “The project is a model for every county and major municipality in Maryland.”