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Largest Solar Installation in the NFL at FedExField

Largest Solar Installation in the NFL at FedExField

Accorging to NRG Energy, The 8,000 panel installation and the power it generates demonstrates the reality of renewable energy solutions and options available in the U.S. By using solar power technologies, the Redskins and NRG are keeping 1,780 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere – the equivalent of replacing 349 vehicles with gasoline engines with zero emission electric vehicles.

The NRG Energy solar installation at FedExField is capable of meeting the stadium’s power needs on non-game days and providing up to 20% of the needed electricity on game days which is the equivalent of providing 300 homes with energy for a full year.  

 In addition, the new design includes several other solar features as well as 10 electric vehicle charging stations.  The installation is designed to engage fans, educate the public and showcase the use of renewable energy.


CODE RED Temperatures in Prince George's County


UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The National Weather Service is predicting extremely hot and humid weather this week for Prince George’s County with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees and possible CODE RED air quality by the end of the week.  

NASA Air Pollution Flights Over Maryland Planned For Monday, July 11th

NASA Air Pollution Flights Over Maryland Planned For  Monday, July 11th


NASA's DISCOVER-AQ air quality field campaign is scheduled to take to the skies over the Baltimore-Washington traffic corridor and northeast Maryland on Monday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT. The flight segment between the Washington Beltway and Baltimore will follow Interstate 95.


NASA Plane To Fly As Low As 1,000 Feet Over Maryland

Don’t be alarmed if you see a low flying plane soaring through the sky when driving on I-95, 295, or 695 between Baltimore and Washington D.C. from Thursday, June 30th to July 31st.

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center located in Greenbelt, Maryland, is conducting low-altitude research flights ( a 117-foot P-3B research plane) as part of a mission to enhance the capability of satellites to measure ground-level air quality. The aircraft will perform 14 flights until July and will do wide corkscrew patterns, from 15,000, down to 1,000 feet.

“The aircraft will be sampling gases and particles in the atmosphere continuously as it climbs or descends over major highways over the 95/295/695 corridors flying as low as 1,000 feet. All equipment will be measuring pollution at different levels,” said NASA Project Scientist Dr. Ken Pickering.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

This Information was sent to us by the City of Gaithersburg:

On June 6, 2011, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Gaithersburg Animal Control captured a Copperhead snake in the 100 block of Swanton Lane in the Orchard Park Community.  The Copperhead is one of only two venomous snakes that are indigenous to Maryland; the other is the Timber Rattlesnake. 

Copperheads are the most active in the warmer summer months at dusk and evening hours.  During daylight hours they are prone to lie underneath objects to take cover from the hot summer sun.  Their natural camouflage coloring makes them difficult to detect if they are lying in leaves or brush.

While it is rare that City Animal Control officers encounter Copperheads in Gaithersburg, it is a reminder that residents should be aware of their surroundings when doing yard work and other outdoor activities. 

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