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New solar panels at Catoctin Veterinary Clinic in Thurmont. 

Catoctin Veterinary Clinic, a full-service small animal practice in Thurmont, recently energized more than 80 solar panels, according to representatives from Paradise Energy Solutions, a family-owned company that installed the panels.

The clinic offers care to a variety of animals including dogs, cats and rabbits.

“We are concerned about the environment and the carbon footprint we make with our business,” Dr. Jonathan Bramson, co-owner of the clinic, said in a prepared statement. “It’s about caring for the pets, our pet parents, our community, and the environment. Going solar grows out of that.”

In total, 89 panels were installed by Paradise Energy Solutions. That number of panels can offset 35 tons of carbon dioxide, save more than 800 trees per year and is expected to lower energy costs for the clinic, according to a news release.

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MD1756

Good for them. I wish more businesses and home owners would look into reducing their environmental foot prints. It looks like they have the space for installing geothermal which may be an even better investment for a business looking to reduce their environmental foot print (especially given the number of outside heat exchange units indicating they have a high cooling need) while reducing their energy costs. For me geothermal had a better payback than my solar panels did. If cost is an issue, businesses should look into Maryland's C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) program See: https://md-pace.com/ where energy saving technologies can be installed potentially with no upfront cost and up to 25 years to pay the loan off (which is paid off through the property taxes). See also: https://md-pace.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/PACE-for-Property-Owners.pdf

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