Baltimore County has recently completed its most ambitious solar energy project to date, boasting an impressive capacity of 800 kWh. This milestone marks a significant step forward in the county’s commitment to renewable energy and sustainability.

In conjunction with Earth Month celebrations, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski proudly announced the completion of this extensive solar facility. The project, located on the rooftop of the Randallstown Community Center, stands as the largest solar installation the county has ever undertaken.

This new renewable energy source is expected to dramatically reduce both the electricity costs and the environmental footprint of the Randallstown Community Center. Olszewski’s initiative is part of his broader efforts to foster sustainability within the county’s operations.

Reflecting on the project’s significance, Olszewski emphasized the urgency of addressing climate change. “Climate change poses one of the most significant threats to our long-term health and prosperity, and we have a responsibility to take action today so the next generation inherits a more sustainable future,” he said. “We are thankful for this partnership with TotalEnergies, which demonstrates that we can invest in innovative solutions that save money and preserve the environment so that future generations can enjoy it for years to come.”

According to the county’s press release, the new solar facility is projected to generate approximately 800,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy in its first year. The EPA’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Equivalencies Calculator provides context for this achievement, estimating that this level of solar generation will offset more than 558 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This reduction is comparable to:

  • Taking 133 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles off the road for a year
  • Avoiding the consumption of 62,818 gallons of gasoline
  • Providing electricity to 110 homes for a year
  • Preventing the consumption of 1,293 barrels of oil
  • Eliminating the burning of 615,252 pounds of coal

The renewable energy certificates associated with this project are owned by Baltimore County, granting the county exclusive rights to the sustainable electricity generated. This arrangement not only benefits the local community by reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also solidifies the county’s role as a leader in renewable energy adoption.

The solar power generated by the rooftop array will be directed into the Community Center’s electric system, directly offsetting its energy usage. Any surplus energy produced will be credited against the Center’s remaining monthly utility bill, ensuring maximum efficiency and cost savings.

Looking ahead, Baltimore County is poised to continue its renewable energy initiatives with another major project on the horizon. Later this year, the county and TotalEnergies plan to break ground on a second large-scale solar installation. This new project will involve the construction of a 6.8-megawatt solar system at the closed Parkton Landfill in northern Baltimore County.

The completion of the Randallstown Community Center solar project and the forthcoming Parkton Landfill installation reflect Baltimore County’s proactive stance on environmental stewardship and energy sustainability. These initiatives underscore the county’s dedication to fostering a greener, more sustainable future for its residents.

As Baltimore County continues to innovate and expand its renewable energy infrastructure, it sets a powerful example for other communities striving to combat climate change and embrace sustainable solutions.

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