County throws switch to go so­lar

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

ELK­TON

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— County of­fi­cials gath­ered out­side the county ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing on Oct. 26 to of­fi­cially throw the switch to use so­lar power from the ar­ray they re­cently fin­ished build­ing there.

This is the first of two so­lar projects the county is un­der­tak­ing. The se­cond project, on county prop­erty ad­ja­cent to The High­lands com­mu­nity near Fair Hill, is sched­uled to be done in July. It is be­ing built at the site of the for­mer High­lands spray ir­ri­ga­tion field for a now-closed com­mu­nity sewage treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

The High­land has been con­nected to a county-owned pub­lic sewer treat­ment plant at Mead­owview off Fletch­wood Road.

So­lar City was awarded con­tracts for both projects and has worked closely with the county’s fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment and main­te­nance staff to in­stall and con­nect the so­lar sys­tem to the util­ity grid.

Ce­cil County an­tic­i­pates a first year sav­ings of $32,664 at the county build­ing and an­other $179,803 from the High­lands site.

Ce­cil County has al­ready con­firmed a sav­ings of 71 per­cent in the first two weeks of use. Del­marva Power helped im­ple­ment this project.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CE­CIL COUNTY

County of­fi­cials join So­lar City and Del­marva Power rep­re­sen­ta­tives Oct. 26 to flip the switch to so­lar power at the county ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

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