More Solar Energy for Maryland

by Green Jobs Ready on October 7, 2011

Recent news reports and press releases from such outlets as MarketWatch indicate that as of today, October 7, ostensibly one of the largest solar energy systems on the eastern seaboard of the United States has been completed. Constructed by the energy firm Perdue Incorporated, today Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and numerous other diplomats attended a ceremony marking the completion of the construction of the new solar energy facility.

The installation spans more than six acres of property owned by Perdue Incorporated, and will contribute along with several other of the company’s facilities to a total of 12,000 panels spread across two of the firm’s centers of operation. Two of these solar energy systems together will produce a “combined average” of 3,700 megawatt hours of electricity on an annual basis, equivalent to the power necessary to supply electricity to approximately 340 typical households in the United States. When the solar panels have reached their maximum output, they will provide nearly 90 percent of the electricity in use for each facility at Perdue Incorporated.

Steve Schwalb, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability for Perdue Incorporated, stated in the press release that the clean and green energy produced by the solar panels will help to reduce emissions of carbon by 3,000 tons a year, or “the equivalent of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from 300,000 gallons of gasoline per year,” in addition to other comparisons and measurements.

“We are pleased to begin powering our operations with clean, renewable energy while lowering our energy costs, demonstrating that environmental responsibility is also good business,” Schwalb is quoted as saying.

For more information, please read the original press release online at: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/startup-of-solar-installation-completes-one-of-the-largest-solar-power-systems-in-the-east-2011-10-07

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