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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New 1.6 Megawatt Solar Farm at USDA George Washington Carver Center and Other Solar Projects


Both locally and nationally, USDA is helping pave the way for our Nation’s clean energy future


At a ribbon cutting ceremony, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the activation of USDA’s first solar array project in the National Capital Region. The 1.6 Megawatt (MW) solar farm, located at the George Washington Carver Center (Carver Center) in Beltsville, Maryland, is the largest solar array on federal property in this region. This project, which is part of a larger commitment to transform the facility into a model for sustainability, will help meet the President’s Capital Solar Challenge. The new solar farm is expected to provide about 2,000 megawatt hours (MWh), or 20% of the Carver Center facility annual electrical power requirements, and handle most of GWCC’s electrical needs during the day.


Sentinel Landscape Partnership Announced at Fort Huachuca and NAS Patuxent River-Atlantic Test Ranges

Partnership will enhance military readiness and strengthen rural economies

The Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and Interior designated as Sentinel Landscapes Fort Huachuca (Arizona) and Naval Air Station Patuxent River-Atlantic Test Ranges (Maryland). The 2nd and 3rd landscapes designated under the growing effort, the collaborative Sentinel Landscape Partnership supports efforts to promote working lands, protect wildlife habitat, and ensure military readiness at military bases across the country.


Public Health and Environmental Groups Announce Intent to Take Gov. Hogan to Court for Unlawfully Blocking Clean Air Protections

Unlawful actions on his first day in office put the five million Marylanders that live in areas designated as having unhealthy levels of smog at more risk

Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Sierra Club represented by Earthjustice announced today that they will hold Governor Hogan, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Division of State Documents accountable for failing to implement new clean air protections to clean up coal-fired power plants that had been finalized and adopted prior to Gov. Hogan taking office. The public health and environmental groups submitted a 30-day notice of their intent to file a lawsuit today, as mandated under Maryland law, to require the publication and enforcement of the adopted clean air protections.


SunEdison Signs Supply Agreements Which Enable Addition of 1.6 Gigawatts of Wind Energy Projects to Development Engine

SunEdison, Inc., a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, and TerraForm Power, Inc., a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants, announced that SunEdison had purchased new turbines that will enable SunEdison to develop up to 1.6 gigawatts (GW) of incremental wind energy projects which qualify for the U.S. federal production tax credit (PTC). TerraForm will purchase the projects from SunEdison once they achieve commercial operation.


NAACP Releases Tool to Help City Planners Integrate Equity in Resilience Building

The NAACP released “Equity in Resilience Building for Climate Change Adaptation Planning”, a document that catalogues indicators for integrating and measuring resilience building for climate adaption planning.  The NAACP will first share the document at an introductory workshop at a convening hosted by the Kresge Foundation for its resilience grantees. The Kresge Foundation is one of the largest and most consistent supporters of climate change resilience work in urban communities. Their work aims to support capacity building of communities to advance policy change and create programs that engage communities in building resilience to climate change impacts and beyond.


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