Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Solar - November 24, 2021
Maryland to Add Nine Community Solar Projects
Nine community solar projects are planned as part of Maryland’s Community Solar Pilot Program, which will enable residents to save up to 10% on their utility bills based on electricity generated by the projects. The solar portfolio is projected to benefit over 5,000 Maryland households annually through community solar subscriptions.
Development work on the 24 MW portfolio is completed and four of the nine projects are ready for operation. The projects will be constructed through a collaboration with solar energy development companies OneEnergy Renewables, CleanChoice Energy and Standard Solar.
The nine projects are located across five different Maryland counties and three utility territories, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Prince George , and Dorchester counties. All the projects are dual-use and will function as solar farms and pollinator habitats.
The 39,000 MW hours a year of energy the portfolio is expected to produce is equivalent to offsetting 30 million pounds of coal burned.
Standard Solar funded the construction and will own and operate the projects long-term. OneEnergy partnered with the landowners to site, permit and design the projects and CCE is responsible for the customer acquisition to sign up Maryland residents.
“By teaming up with the talented development team at OneEnergy on this statewide portfolio, Standard Solar is helping Maryland reach its renewable energy goals and reinforcing its commitment to Maryland,” said Eric Partyka, director of business development of Standard Solar in a statement. “Adding these nine dual-use community solar projects to our ownership portfolio aligns with our goal to increase access to renewable energy for communities across Maryland and of being responsible stewards of environmental resources.”
The projects help Maryland meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) targets and contribute significant capacity to Maryland’s community solar market. Maryland currently ranks seventeenth in the country for solar capacity with enough solar installed to power more than 153,000 homes.
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