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RegGuheert
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30MW Maryland Solar Farm

Tue May 27, 2014 8:47 am

I drove by this array near Hagerstown, MD, the other day and was shocked at how big it was: Maryland Solar Farm!

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Re: 30MW Maryland Solar Farm

Tue May 27, 2014 12:20 pm

Farms seem like a waste of space considering all the roofs that need to be covered first AND perhaps they would lengthen the life of the roof.

RegGuheert wrote:I drove by this array near Hagerstown, MD, the other day and was shocked at how big it was: Maryland Solar Farm!

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Re: 30MW Maryland Solar Farm

Tue May 27, 2014 1:26 pm

kieranmullen wrote:Farms seem like a waste of space considering all the roofs that need to be covered first AND perhaps they would lengthen the life of the roof.


Agreed 100%. Even in that photo, there is plenty of roof space available. The trouble is that if the panels are up on your roof, people can't see how "green" you are being. :evil:
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Re: 30MW Maryland Solar Farm

Tue May 27, 2014 1:29 pm

Lets wipe of valuable real estate and put in solar!
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Re: 30MW Maryland Solar Farm

Tue May 27, 2014 3:05 pm

kieranmullen wrote:Farms seem like a waste of space considering all the roofs that need to be covered first AND perhaps they would lengthen the life of the roof.

RegGuheert wrote:I drove by this array near Hagerstown, MD, the other day and was shocked at how big it was: Maryland Solar Farm!

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I thought the same thing too until I was advised most "flat, commercial warehouse type roof are not built for the load of the solar panels." Building codes need to be changed for all new construction to make this possible.

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Re: 30MW Maryland Solar Farm

Tue May 27, 2014 3:27 pm

Kohls has some pretty big setups.Image
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Re: 30MW Maryland Solar Farm

Tue May 27, 2014 8:56 pm


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Re: 30MW Maryland Solar Farm

Wed May 28, 2014 12:45 pm

greengate wrote:I thought the same thing too until I was advised most "flat, commercial warehouse type roof are not built for the load of the solar panels." Building codes need to be changed for all new construction to make this possible.

This is why the loss of Solyndra hurt - their tech was much, much lighter than conventional PV panels and was specifically tailored to be installed on a flat warehouse roof without requiring structural rework.

http://solarprofessional.com/articles/products-equipment/product-launches/solyndra-develops-cylindrical-cigs-modules-for-flat
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Re: 30MW Maryland Solar Farm

Wed May 28, 2014 7:30 pm

Ah yes... the huge Maryland Solar Farm on the grounds of the Maryland Correctional Institute (MCI) just outside of Hagerstown on MD Rt. 65. I drive past it all the time coming from home just across the Potomac River in West Virginia to shop in Hagerstown. Place is literally a stone's throw from the Tesla Supercharger at the Premium Outlets in Hagerstown at the intersection of Rt. 65 and I-70.

I have a love/hate relationship with Washington County, MD. Home to great places to shop, one of the East Coast's largest solar arrays and a Tesla Supercharger. But if you're driving a Nissan Leaf or anything with a J1772 plug, you're SOL aside from a rather uncooperative Nissan dealership. Major interstates (I-70 & I-81) and routes (Rt. 11 and Rt. 40) cross in Hagerstown making it an ideal home for EV charging structure but alas, none is currently to be found for those of us in the J1772 crowd. :(

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