Spring Hill Rec Center Gets a Solar Charge | Park Authority – Fairfax County (.gov)

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The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Spring Hill Rec Center is turning over a new leaf during Earth month 2024 with the activation of a brand-new 307-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array installed on the natatorium and gymnasium roofs as part of a multi-faceted project to enhance the energy efficiency of the popular rec center. The new solar array, the largest to date in the Park Authority, generates enough energy to power 33 homes annually, and is expected to reduce the center’s electricity needs by 13 percent.

The installation of the rooftop solar panels is part of several ongoing improvements to the center that will significantly reduce the building’s electrical and natural gas consumption. Additional improvements include the replacement of pool dehumidification units, the installation of a geothermal HVAC system, LED lighting upgrades and improvements to the building’s automation system.

“Being responsible stewards of the environment comes down to our simple everyday choices — our decision to recycle, to plant native plants, not to litter, to take care of our water supply, and so forth” said Park Authority Executive Director, Jai Cole. “We decided, when it was time to make improvements to the rec center, that we would be intentional about installing fixtures and infrastructure that would minimize the impact on our environment, enhance user experience, and save money in the long run. This is doable, and it’s the right thing to do.”

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The project, a partnership with the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC), is a significant step toward meeting the county’s goals for carbon neutrality in its facilities, fleet vehicles and operations, including obtaining 50 percent of county electricity from renewable sources by 2040.

“Turning the switch at this solar project represents another step in our journey away from fossil fuels and toward a more sustainable future,” said John Morrill, director of the OEEC. “Not only will this solar array save money in electricity costs over time, it confirms the county’s commitment to meeting the goals in our Operational Energy Strategy.”

Total completion of all related improvements is expected in summer 2024. The Spring Hill Rec Center is located at 1239 Spring Hill Road, in McLean. For more information about the project, please contact the Public Information Office at [email protected].

The Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination leads the cross-organizational development and implementation of the county’s environmental and energy plans, policies and programs, including the Operational Energy Strategy. 

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