Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett (second from right) and other officials unveil a new solar facility in Shady Grove, Md.
With the smell of trash from the county's recycling center wafting through the air, County Executive Ike Leggett flipped a ceremonial light switch. It represents the power now being provided from approximately 1,250 solar panels on the roof of the Shady Grove processing facility.
Leggett says this facility marks the beginning of a transformation.
"I fully expect that this will be the first of many installations on county facilities as we move forward to find ways to use our purchasing power to stimulate clean technologies while providing long-term cost and environmental benefits to our community," he says.
Through a grant from the state of Maryland, the county didn't have to pay any money up-front for the project. It's expected to provide enough electricity to power the equivalent of 590 average homes annually.