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Thu Aug 29, 2019, 10:30 AM

Maryland officials deny permit for solar farm that Georgetown University wanted to build

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Maryland officials deny permit for solar farm that Georgetown University wanted to build

By Rachel Chason, Reporter covering local politics
August 29 at 8:32 AM

Maryland environment secretary Ben Grumbles has denied a permit for a controversial solar farm project that Georgetown University wanted to build in rural Charles County, Md.

The project required razing about 210 acres of trees, which angered local activists. Protesters at public hearings hosted by Grumbles argued that while they applauded Georgetown’s goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, the project would actually harm the environment by endangering birds and causing runoff that would damage tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay.

Grumbles said in a statement Wednesday that “water quality-related conditions” were not met at the site, a rural area about 12 miles west of La Plata. ... “While Maryland strongly supports the increased use of clean and renewable energy sources, these two proposed projects would harm the nearby high-quality stream in Charles County and threaten our continued restoration progress in the Chesapeake Bay watershed,” Grumbles said. “This is an unacceptable trade-off for the environmental benefits of clean energy.”

Representatives from Georgetown University and Origis Energy, the firm hired to develop the solar farm, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The project would have provided almost half of the university’s electricity.
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Rachel is a metro reporter covering local politics. She has previously contributed to The Raleigh News and Observer, CNN Politics and USA Today. Follow https://twitter.com/rachel_chason

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 11:20 AM

1. Jesus Christ, GU -

Why would you propose this when the obvious answer is research and develop state of art building solutions. Retro fit new roofs with solar /wind? You could power the entire campus system with decentralized grid of distributable power.

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Thu Aug 29, 2019, 11:26 AM

2. The main building, Healy Hall, is old and historic. Think Gothic.

There has been new construction going on over the years. They put up a school of business administration about ten years ago, I guess. It overlooks the lacrosse field. The GU School of Law if over toward Union Station, several miles from the main campus. The hospital and medical school are part of the main campus.

I don't have any connection with the place, so I don't know the LEED status of the new construction.

Still, a solar array miles away from the main campus, especially one that involves cutting down all those trees, makes no sense to me.

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Thu Aug 29, 2019, 11:34 AM

3. When you think of all the places trees have been removed from ...

this location would be the wrong one.

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