Douglas Tallman, Montgomery Community Media
The county’s Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg and the Correctional Facility in Boyds activated two “microgrids” — clean power generation systems that permit on-site green power systems to provide electricity independent of the power grid.
In a ceremony Wednesday, county officials pulled a ceremonial plug at the Public Safety Headquarters, at 100 Edison Park Drive.
Because the microgrids operate independently from the power grid, they can provide power during catastrophic storms or major power outage.
According to the county, the project was provided through a public-private partnership with Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables that required no upfront costs for the county.