The Planning Board unanimously approved this initiative to build a 5-10 acre solar farm in South Germantown Recreational and Rock Creek Regional Parks on Thursday, March 12, 2015. – Planning Board memo: – agenda item #9 (PDF) – powerpoint presentation (PDF, 1.6MB)
A solar farm is an area of land where a large number of solar panels are set up to generate energy. The solar panels create power that can be sold into the utility grid and offset the cost of our energy usage and benefiting the environment as fewer fossil fuels are burned to create the electricity.
Installing solar farms in our parks would be consistent with Montgomery County’s Energy Initiatives and Carbon Reduction Goals as well as the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) mission statement in regards to the stewardship of natural resources.
The solar farms would reduce Montgomery Park’s carbon footprint and dependence on foreign oil and reliance on environmentally damaging extractive techniques for coal, oil and gas. They could also produce over 2 Megawatts per year which is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 300 automobiles. The reduction of the Department’s energy consumption would be equivalent to 1,500 metric tons of carbon per year.
The project would be implemented through a Power Purchase Agreement for a period of 15-20 years. Upon conclusion of the agreement and removal of the solar panels, it is anticipated these sites will be reforested to enhance adjacent forested parkland.
Montgomery Park’s Facilities Management and Park Planning and Stewardship Divisions have conducted a site selection study, analyzing over one hundred potential park properties in the Pepco and the Potomac Edison Service areas.
Excluded from consideration were any sites where the solar farms would displace existing or future planned park uses, remove forest, or impact sensitive buffer areas. Conservation Parks, Stream Valley Parks and Neighborhood Parks were generally excluded.
Staff recommended two sites. One within South Germantown Recreational Park in the Pepco Service Area, the other in Rock Creek Regional Park in the Potomac Edison Service Area.
Have your voice heard!
Staff relied on this web page to keep citizens updated on the project progress. Interested citizens and civic groups were encouraged to comment online (PDF, 260K), attend Public Meetings, contact the project coordinator directly, or sign-up for our email lists. For those interested in the plan who do not have e-mail, information will be mailed and press releases will be used to publicized plan meetings.
This calendar summarizes the public process for this site selection initiative.
|DATE | TIME||EVENTS & MEETING NOTES||LOCATION|
|Spring – Winter||Staff Research and Evaluation|
|February 9||Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board Public Meeting
– powerpoint presentation (PDF, 1.4MB)
|Sidney Kramer Upcounty Regional Services Center*
12900 Middlebrook Road, Conference Room A
Germantown, Maryland 20874
* The Service Center is located at the intersection of Middlebrook Road and Route 118 adjacent to the Germantown Commons Shops. All UCAB and committee meetings are open to the public.
|March 5||RESCHEDULED – M-NCPPC Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting|
|March 12||Planning Board presentation – APPROVED – agenda item #9
– powerpoint presentation (PDF, 1.6MB)
– online comments page – closed. Submit additional comments directly to the Project Coordinator
|Montgomery Regional Office (MRO) Auditorium 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
** The Planning Board’s Agenda is subject to change and certain items may be postponed or added. For meeting updates or to view the Planning Board proceedings live on our website, visit MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org. To testify on an agenda item, sign-up online or call 301-495-4605 before 4:00 p.m. day before the meeting. On the day of the meeting, please see the Clerk in the Board Auditorium to sign-up.
|Spring||Request For Proposals (RFP) review.|
This is where you will find links to press releases, print articles, videos and community links about this project.
If you would like additional information on this project, please contact;
Dominic Quattrocchi, AICP
Project Coordinator, Park Planning and Stewardship Section
firstname.lastname@example.org | 301-650-4361