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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2012
Washington County is finalizing a deal with a solar power company that could make county government one of the first in the United States to generate all the power it uses on its own property, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said this week. Under the proposed agreement, the Chevy Chase, Md., company EPG Solar would install solar panels at the county's Forty West and Resh Road landfills, EPG Solar owner Robert Babcock confirmed Friday. The county would lease the land to EPG Solar, which would then build the solar array and sell the power it generates back to the county, Babcock said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2012
Maryland Solar LLC, the company that announced plans last year to build a 20-megawatt solar power-generating facility on the grounds of the Maryland Correctional Institution, has been acquired by First Solar Inc., which intends to complete the project by the end of the year. Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., First Solar announced the acquisition on Wednesday, but spokesman Alan Bernheimer said the cost of the purchase is not being disclosed. “We expect to begin (construction) sometime in the second quarter,” said Roy Skinner, the project developer for First Solar.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 7, 2012
Under a broiling sun, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley joined a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for what will be the largest solar power array in the state - and one of the biggest on the East Coast - when it is completed later this year. The 100-degree temperature was “a reminder from Mother Nature that the sun is our most abundant resource,” O'Malley told an audience of about 100 guests sitting inside an air-conditioned tent before the ceremony. Maryland has set a goal to produce 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources - solar, wind and geothermal - by 2022, O'Malley said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2012
A proposed solar project will generate $515,000 for Washington County when it is completed and about $12.9 million over 25 years,  according to County Administrator Gregory B. Murray. The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed on Tuesday to the power purchase and lease agreements with EPG Solar. The county plans to lease up to 130 acres at its Forty West and Resh Road landfills for EPG's 25-megawatt solar development. The EPG Solar project and a separate 20-megawatt solar farm under construction south of Hagerstown would contribute a large percentage of the solar power Maryland needs to meet renewable-energy benchmarks, EPG Solar owner Robert Babcock told county officials.
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By DON AINES | September 8, 2010
The town of Hancock can access a $100,000 state grant for a renewable energy project, but it might have to act fast in order to get a solar power generating facility operating by the deadline of April 1, 2011. The Town Council on Wednesday heard a presentation from Nate Greenberg, a business development manager with Washington Gas Energy Systems, and Brent Eskay of Standard Solar for a ground-mounted, 150-kilowatt solar facility at the wastewater treatment plant. "With the grant money, time is certainly of the essence," Greenberg told the council.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | October 26, 2012
The array of solar panels all facing south give the appearance of a shimmering lake. And by late December, the 300,000 solar panels, each roughly the size of a 46-inch flat screen television near the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown off Roxbury Road, are expected to generate a peak of 20 megawatts of power per hour. The solar farm annually will produce enough electricity to power 4,000 to 5,000 single family homes, according to an estimate by an official at First Solar Inc., the company leasing the land from the state to run the plant.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | July 24, 2005
bonnieb@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.-Matt Steiman doesn't have to go to the gas station very often. His farm truck and his personal car run on homemade fuel, which he mixes up in a 50-gallon vat at the cost of about $1 per gallon. The truck, which has a full-size engine, gets 21 miles per gallon, and his car gets 40 mpg, about the same as they would get on gasoline. More important than the savings, though, Steiman said, "is the feeling of making your own fuel and driving away with it. " On Saturday, he showed other people how to do the same thing.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2011
James M. Devine said during a public hearing Wednesday night that he was “somewhat (in) opposition” to a proposed solar farm at the state prison complex south of Hagerstown. The Hagerstown-area resident aired several concerns about the project, including that the 125 jobs associated with it would only be temporary and would not do a lot to help the unemployment situation in Washington County. Devine said he also questioned what taxpayers would get out of the project. Devine was among a handful of people who spoke during the hearing led by county Hearing Examiner Dennis Sober at Hagerstown Community College.
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June 27, 2008
The Antietam Radio Association will return to the Leitersburg Ruritan Park behind the fire company Saturday for annual field day exercises. The official on-the-air amateur radio activity starts about 2 p.m. Approximately 3,000 stations in the United States and Canada are participating. Most are club stations like Antietam Radio which will use its club call sign W3CWC. Temporary amateur stations with antennas in fields and radios in a tent or a pavilion will attempt to contact some of the other participants, partially as a training exercise in how to set up stations, teaching folks how to operate under stressful conditions and learning to use an emergency power source among other things.
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June 26, 2008
The Antietam Radio Association will return to the Leitersburg Ruritan Park behind the fire company Saturday for annual field day exercises. The official on-the-air amateur radio activity starts at about 2 p.m. Approximately 3,000 stations in the United States and Canada are participating in the exercise. Most are club stations like Antietam Radio, which will use its club call sign W3CWC. Temporary amateur stations with antennas in fields and radios in a tent or a pavilion will attempt to contact some of the other participants, partially as a training exercise in how to set up stations, teaching people how to operate under stressful conditions and learning to use an emergency power source.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | October 26, 2012
The array of solar panels all facing south give the appearance of a shimmering lake. And by late December, the 300,000 solar panels, each roughly the size of a 46-inch flat screen television near the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown off Roxbury Road, are expected to generate a peak of 20 megawatts of power per hour. The solar farm annually will produce enough electricity to power 4,000 to 5,000 single family homes, according to an estimate by an official at First Solar Inc., the company leasing the land from the state to run the plant.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 30, 2012
The old Berkeley County landfill near Martinsburg, which has been closed since the fall of 1991, is being eyed as a potential site for a solar energy farm, Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority's board chairman told Berkeley County Council members Thursday. Clint Hogbin said he is exploring the possibility of installing solar panels at the 24-acre landfill off Grapevine Road on behalf of the Solid Waste Authority board. While his investigation is in the “very early stages,” Hogbin told council members that a south-facing area of the landfill appears to be a very suitable location for a solar farm.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 7, 2012
Under a broiling sun, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley joined a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for what will be the largest solar power array in the state - and one of the biggest on the East Coast - when it is completed later this year. The 100-degree temperature was “a reminder from Mother Nature that the sun is our most abundant resource,” O'Malley told an audience of about 100 guests sitting inside an air-conditioned tent before the ceremony. Maryland has set a goal to produce 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources - solar, wind and geothermal - by 2022, O'Malley said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2012
A proposed solar project will generate $515,000 for Washington County when it is completed and about $12.9 million over 25 years,  according to County Administrator Gregory B. Murray. The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed on Tuesday to the power purchase and lease agreements with EPG Solar. The county plans to lease up to 130 acres at its Forty West and Resh Road landfills for EPG's 25-megawatt solar development. The EPG Solar project and a separate 20-megawatt solar farm under construction south of Hagerstown would contribute a large percentage of the solar power Maryland needs to meet renewable-energy benchmarks, EPG Solar owner Robert Babcock told county officials.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | May 12, 2012
A singer's voice sailed from a stage across Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro. “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,” he sang. But clearly, there would be no paradise paving here. Not among members of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force and the 3,500 or so who gathered Saturday to support the group's fourth annual Boonsboro Green Fest. The task force was established in 2007 to address a dispute regarding a Dumpster and to serve as a proponent of curbside recycling for the town, Barbara Wetzel said.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2012
Washington County is finalizing a deal with a solar power company that could make county government one of the first in the United States to generate all the power it uses on its own property, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said this week. Under the proposed agreement, the Chevy Chase, Md., company EPG Solar would install solar panels at the county's Forty West and Resh Road landfills, EPG Solar owner Robert Babcock confirmed Friday. The county would lease the land to EPG Solar, which would then build the solar array and sell the power it generates back to the county, Babcock said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2012
Maryland Solar LLC, the company that announced plans last year to build a 20-megawatt solar power-generating facility on the grounds of the Maryland Correctional Institution, has been acquired by First Solar Inc., which intends to complete the project by the end of the year. Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., First Solar announced the acquisition on Wednesday, but spokesman Alan Bernheimer said the cost of the purchase is not being disclosed. “We expect to begin (construction) sometime in the second quarter,” said Roy Skinner, the project developer for First Solar.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 30, 2011
Hundreds of blue photovoltaic solar panels stand on a gentle slope outside Hancock, not quite ready to begin supplying power to the town's sewage treatment plant. That will change in early January when the solar power facility goes online, Town Manager David Smith said. Smith said he believes it will be the only sewage treatment plant in Maryland powered entirely by solar energy. Hancock signed a power-purchase agreement with Millennium 3 Energy of Hagerstown after hearing proposals from Millennium and another company in 2010.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | October 11, 2011
Work can begin on a large solar-panel farm in Washington County after state approval for the project became official this week. No one appealed last month's preliminary ruling by state Hearing Examiner Dennis Sober, so his order is final, according to a Maryland Public Service Commission memorandum dated Tuesday. Maryland Solar LLC probably will start building by the end of the year,  D. Bruce Poole, an attorney representing the company, said Tuesday. Maryland Solar plans to place at least 100,000 photovoltaic cells on a state prison complex south of Hagerstown.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2011
Tuscarora School District could soon be the only school district in Franklin County to heat two of its buildings with solar panels. At Monday's Tuscarora School Board meeting, the vote was tight - 4-3 - in favor of installing the solar panels to heat water at both the James Buchanan High School and James Buchanan Middle School. The vote failed, however, because it required five yes votes to pass. Voting in favor of the solar panels were board members Clifford Smith, Thomas Black, Daniel Reeder and Harold Hunsberger.
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