Columbia, Md. is offsetting 100% of energy from renewable sources
Columbia now sources 75 percent of its energy from wind renewable energy credits, and 25 percent from a newly completed two megawatt (MW) DC solar farm in SunEdison and BITHENERGY's Nixon Farm solar project in West Friendship, Md.
The 2 MW solar farm is expected to generate enough energy to power more than 250 homes and avoid the emission of more than two million pounds of carbon dioxide, equivalent to taking 220 cars off the road.
Columbia, Md. is home to approximately 100,000 people, and is managed by the non-profit service corporation Columbia Association.
The non-profit is purchasing the solar power for the community through a 20 year power purchase agreement with SunEdison.
The solar farm is located outside of Columbia, and via virtual net metering credits the community can enjoy the benefits of solar without the need to locate the solar farm on-site. ■