Frederick County government solar power project breaks ground

FREDERICK, Md. — Ground was recently broken for Frederick County government’s first solar project.

The project will involve the construction of a nearly 2-million-kilowatt-hour photovoltaic solar array on 4.9 acres of vacant land to provide low-cost renewable energy to the Ballenger-McKinney wastewater treatment plant.

The project is a step toward meeting the county’s goal of
4 million kilowatt hours generated from renewable energy sources, a goal the county set as part of the Maryland Energy Administration’s Smart Energy Communities program. Frederick County government’s goal is to have 20 percent of its electricity consumed come from renewable energy sources by the year 2022.

The solar project is made possible through a $2.4 million grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment from the Energy Water Infrastructure Program. The county is using engineering and project-management resources via the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority for the design, construction and long-term operation of the facility.