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Solar farm to be built just south of midstate county

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Dec 14, 2009 9:50 AM

(Emmitsburg, MD) -- A Maryland college just to the south of Adams County will house what is believed to be the third-largest solar power farm in the nation. The $60-million facility at Mt. St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg is expected to be up and running three years from now. Linda Sherman, spokeswoman for the Mount, says the project will provide a significant boost to the three megawatts of solar power currently on Maryland's power grid. "The university will be getting one and a half megawatts, and the entire community and the state of Maryland will be getting more like seventeen megawatts, which is huge." The school leased land to Constellation Energy Group, which will build, own, and operate the installation. Constellation will install thin-film photovoltaic solar panels on an estimated one hundred acres of university property. The system is expected to produce more than twenty-one million kilowatt hours of electricity each year.

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