Columbia Association (CA) is continuing to invest in clean renewable energy by installing a 20 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, which uses solar panels to convert sunlight to electricity, at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance.
The system will generate more than 22,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and reduce utility costs by more than $2,000 annually. The Amherst House PV system will increase CA’s on-site renewable energy generating capacity by nearly three-fold relative to the existing system in River Hill.
Besides reducing CA’s utility costs, onsite renewable energy generation will:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts associated with energy consumption.
- Reduce emissions of other types of pollutants such as nitrous oxide and particulates.
- Contribute to state and local efforts to increase renewable energy generation.
- Support the continued development of the clean energy market.
Utilizing renewable energy sources is an important part of CA’s broader energy management efforts to support sustainable operations. Beyond energy efficiency and conservation efforts, the most impactful way to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations is through the use of on-site renewable energy sources. CA also uses solar energy to heat water for use in our pools, and we expect to continue efforts to strategically deploy renewable energy systems.
CA residents and businesses can also explore the use of renewable energy, and there are several incentive programs available to help them offset the cost of the project. Please visit the following websites for more information on how you can help improve the sustainability of our community and save money at the same time.