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Clean and Sustainable Environment

Receive 20% of power for County government operations from renewable sources by 2025

2% 

FY19 Actual


FY18 Actual
2%

Objective Description

By 2025, Howard County will get 20% of its power for local government operations from locally-produced renewable sources – primarily solar. Clean, renewable energy brings better air; predictable, increasingly lower customer pricing; and local job deployment opportunities. Howard County currently has solar energy generation at seven facilities: Robinson Nature Center (rooftop), Miller Branch Library (rooftop), East Columbia Library (rooftop), New Cut Road retired landfill (2,000 ground mount solar panels that supply 90% of the power to Worthington Elementary School), George Howard Building (solar powered light poles for electric vehicle charging), District Court (rooftop), and Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant (solar canopies over the parking lot).

Trend Analysis

In FY 2019, Howard County received approximately 2% of its power for government operations from solar produced on its facilities. The County is planning to install new solar projects in FY 2020 and FY 2021.

Strategies

  • Conduct analysis of County properties to determine feasibility of adding solar to rooftops, parking lots, and lands.
  • Install solar projects on County properties, including County-owned projects and/or Power Purchase Agreements.
  • Monitor and report on energy generation from solar installations on County properties.

Source: Office of Community Sustainability

Detailed Analysis


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