Who would have thought that Hagerstown would jump into the 21st Century?

From yesterday’s Herald-Mail:

Solar-generating facility to be built near prisons

HAGERSTOWN — The largest solar-generating facility in Maryland, capable of powering more than 2,000 homes at peak output, is scheduled to open next year on 250 acres of state-owned land near the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown and the Maryland Correctional Training Center. Maryland Solar LLC of Annapolis announced plans Friday to build the $70 million, 20-megawatt solar facility — a plant that company officials said will be one of the largest on the East Coast and will double the state’s current solar-generation capacity.

Maryland Solar is in discussions with the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services about the possibility using prerelease inmates to perform routine maintenance such as landscaping and panel cleaning, a company news release said.

This is sure something exciting on a near-local level. Now if just-over-the-border West Virginia could look at this solution instead of coal or natural gas hydrofracking, I’d be even more excited.

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Posted on May 22, 2011, in Business, Climate Change, Economics, Labor, News, Opinion, quote, Science, Technology and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Who would have thought that Hagerstown would jump into the 21st Century?.

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