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WBOC Now Running on Solar Power

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SALISBURY, Md.-  WBOC made history once more by building the first solar farm within Salisbury city limits.

With the help of Ultra Solar & Wind Solutions, Draper Holdings is switching to green energy usage, powering WBOC with its three acres of solar panels. The solar farm is located right behind WBOC’s building at 1729 N. Salisbury Blvd. in Salisbury.

The project began earlier this year in March and as of Wednesday, WBOC has been powered by more than 2,000 solar panels that will help reduce the station’s carbon footprint.

The project is the first of its kind in Salisbury according to Laura Baker, vice president and COO of Draper Holdings, WBOC’s parent company. Baker says this is just the beginning and hopes that there will be plenty more business that follow cost-effective energy alternatives.

"Broadcasting is energy-intensive and 2019 is the last year for the 30 percent federal tax credit on solar, so it seemed like a good fit. The Draper family and board have always been interested in sustainability,” says Baker.

The solar farm, built by Ultra Solar & Wind Solutions of Ocean City, generates 908 kilowatts of power, enough to cover all of the energy needs for the television station in Salisbury.

Bryan Russo, sales manager of Ultra Solar & Wind Solutions, says with the switch to green energy WBOC will eliminate 27,000 tons of CO2 from its footprint, which is the equivalent of planting more than 600,000 trees. 

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