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Calverton cemetery goes solar

Michael Picerno, right, Director of the Calverton National

Michael Picerno, right, Director of the Calverton National Cemetery, and engineer Chuck Mueller look over the newly installed 92 kilowatt ground mounted solar photovoltaic system. (July 30, 2010) Credit: Photo by David Pokress

Calverton National Cemetery unveiled nearly an acre of solar panels Friday that will power the cemetery’s administration building.

The project will save the cemetery $6,000 per year, said director Michael Picerno. The solar photovoltaic panels cost $720,000 to purchase and install, he said.

The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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