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Go solar, or save the trees? Georgetown University solar farm would clear 240-acre forest in Charles County

Go solar, or save the trees? Georgetown University solar farm would clear 240-acre forest in Charles County

Georgetown University announced plans for a massive solar farm in Charles County as a major step toward reducing its carbon footprint by half. But residents and environmentalists are raising concerns that it will actually harm the planet.

It requires clear-cutting 240 acres of forest.

Fights over forest loss are relatively common in the rural Southern Maryland county, about an hour outside Washington. But this time, the debate isn’t about housing developments and shopping centers — it’s a choice between a vanishing ecosystem and a push toward cleaner energy.

Residents who would otherwise support Georgetown’s green-energy efforts now find themselves asking the...

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