DGS & DNR Partner on Green Energy

Solar Panels Help Power DNR Headquarters

Annapolis, Md. (June 1, 2011) —The Maryland Departments of General Services (DGS) and Natural Resources (DNR) have partnered with SunEdison to install solar panels on the roof of the Tawes office complex in Annapolis. The new solar panels will reduce DNR’s carbon footprint by approximately 160,500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

"This project demonstrates true collaboration among our state agencies to continue to make Maryland a leader in sustainability," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "Working together with our private partners, we are reducing our carbon footprint in the most cost effective manner possible."

The solar units were installed at no cost to Maryland taxpayers under a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison. SunEdison is North America’s largest solar energy services provider and a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials. Under an innovative agreement, SunEdison installed, owns and operates solar power systems at four State buildings. In return, DGS will purchase the energy generated from the four systems for 20 years. All the power produced will reduce the amount of energy drawn from the grid by about 519,720 kWh and Green House Gas emissions by approximately 600,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

Rooftop solar systems have also been placed on three other DGS-operated buildings:

  • John R. Hargrove, Sr. District Court and Multi-Service Center, 700 East Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore
  • Elkton District Court and Multi-Service Center, 170 East Main Street, Elkton
  • Ellicott District Court and Multi-Service Center, 3451 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City

Within 20 years, the combined systems will produce over 11 million kWh of energy, enough to power over 1,000 homes for a year and offset over 14 million pounds of carbon dioxide.

Among ongoing collaborative energy conservation efforts, DNR and DGS have retrofitted buildings at Rocky Gap State Park with a geothermal heat pump; the Hammerman Complex building at Gunpowder State Park is a LEED Silver green building; the future Harriet Tubman Center is being designed and constructed to meet and possibly exceed LEED Silver standards; and the new Madonna Forestry building in Harford County has a green roof.

     June 1, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office | 410-507-7526 cell

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. www.dnr.maryland.gov.