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Prince George’s Co. opens 1st solar carport

The solar carports are ground mounted solar panels that are installed above parking lots. In addition to generating electricity, they also provide shade for vehicles and reduce parking lot maintenance costs. (Courtesy Prince George's County)

WASHINGTON — Prince George’s County has opened the government’s first solar carport system at the Wayne K. Curry County Administration Building in Largo.

The solar carports are ground-mounted solar panels that are installed above parking lots. In addition to generating electricity, they provide shade for vehicles and reduce parking lot maintenance costs.

The county’s Office of Central Services, Sustainable Energy says the solar carports is projected to produce enough clean electricity to power around 70 average-size homes a year, saving the county government thousands of dollars a year.

Prince George’s County plans additional solar carport systems at other county government buildings over the next five years.

The new county government building was dedicated last year and named after former county executive Wayne Curry, who died in 2014.


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