Governor Martin O'Malley today celebrated the opening of the latest commercial-scale solar array at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), showcasing a new array of 2,600 solar panels placed atop the university's Severn Building. The new solar facility is one of the largest in the region, and will produce 792 megawatt-hours of clean electricity each year -- enough to equal the energy consumption of 64 homes. The solar facility was partially funded by the state, as part of the O'Malley Administration's Project Sunburst, which was designed to leverage private capital and thus enable governments across Maryland to make investments in clean, renewable energy resources with no upfront costs. At the same time, it saves taxpayers money by immediately reducing electricity bills at government facilities.

"I am pleased that Dr. Loh and the University of Maryland, College Park continue to lead the way in sustainability," said Governor O'Malley. "A modern economy requires modern investments. Together, we can create jobs through innovation and make real progress towards our goal of generating 20% of our state's energy needs from renewable sources by 2022. With projects like this new solar array, we can power our way into a better, more balanced, more directed and more connected future."