$225,000 in Stimulus Money Will Put Solar Waterheater in County Jail

July 17, 2012 - 1:56 PM

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(CNSNews.com) – The Department of Energy has doled out $225,000 in stimulus money to heat hot water at a jail in Frederick County, Md.

The grant is part of the $2 billion given to the DOE as part of the $787-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The $225,000 from those funds was given to Frederick County for a solar project at the county’s Adult Detention Center, a  spokesperson for the Department of Energy (DOE) told CNSNews.com.

Century Engineering, Inc., and the county’s Management Services Division conducted a feasibility study on installing a “solar domestic water pre-heating system” at the center, which houses up to 500 individuals, according to the DOE spokesperson.

The system will reduce natural gas consumption up to 80 percent through the use of solar energy, the spokesperson said, adding that the jail has the highest hot water consumption of all Frederick County facilities.

The DOE spokesperson also said the project would be used by Frederick County’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Resources to promote “renewable energy sources” through “education and outreach” in the county.