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MWCD launching solar projects to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions

| January 17, 2023

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Jan. 17, 2023) – The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District will again use its parks and locations to assist with energy production for the region.

This time it’s solar power.

Spokeswoman Adria Bergeron says the district will partner with IMC Solar for 13 solar energy projects in 2023.

Bergeron says the MWCD Board of Directors recently approved the agreement to provide solar energy at Atwood, Tappan Lake, the MWCD office in New Philadelphia, and other district sites where the solar arrays will go up, with no up-front cost to the district.

Bergeron says this will save the MWCD money on electricity bills, offset approximately 73 percent of the energy at locations with solar, and lower the district’s carbon footprint by an estimated 656 tons of CO2 emissions.

The MWCD in recent years has also used revenue from oil and gas agreements for millions of dollars in improvements to amenities at the parks.

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