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Projects Planned to Reduce Energy Consumption at Sandy Point State Park

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – One of Maryland’s most popular tourist destinations on the Chesapeake Bay is on its way to becoming one of the most energy efficient.

Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis is getting a series of upgrades and additions that are expected to reduce energy consumption by roughly 45 percent, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday.

“Once installation is complete, Sandy Point will be the first state park to host alternative energy projects of this size and scale,” said State Parks Superintendent Nita Settina. “After months of planning and deciding on the most efficient and effective technology, we are excited to see these upgrades realized and to explore how we can best incorporate alternative energy features within other state parks and lands in the near future.”

According to DNR, the Board of Public Works approved a $535,870 contract with Baltimore-based Bithenergy on Wednesday to evaluate, design and install the upgrades. These include the addition of solar panels to the roofs of two buildings and four picnic pavilions, the addition of solar thermal technology to the park’s public bathhouses, LED light upgrades, the addition of a 40-foot tall wind turbine in the South Beach parking area and the replacement of all restroom hand dryers to more efficient models.

DNR says the work is expected to begin this fall and be complete by January. The energy projects are part of a larger $1.7 million capital improvement overhaul for the 63-year-old park.

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