The future of renewable energy is looking bright in Maryland, thanks to the state’s heavy investment in solar energy. In fact, Columbia, Maryland is 100% powered by renewable energy after the completion of a 2 megawatt solar energy farm in West Friendship, and Maryland currently ranks 12th among 30 states for solar capacity per person.
Solar energy projects large and small are coming from neighborhoods and communities like Clarksburg (where local company Thales is developing solar power solutions for NATO), Montgomery County, and Germantown (view the solar installation at Montgomery College’s Germantown campus), and it’s all adding up to a bonanza of renewable energy that’s lowering our electric bills and helping Maryland residents make money on solar power.
What’s driving Maryland’s solar energy boom is a series of decisions the legislature has made to support renewable energy, coupled with the state’s investment in solar credits and grants:
- In 2001, Maryland mandated that 6% of all government building energy come from renewable sources
- In 2004, Maryland adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard that required utilities to purchase 7.5% of their power from renewable sources by 2019
- In 2007, this goal was increased to require 20% of Maryland’s power be supplied by renewable resources by 2022, with an additional 2% of that Maryland’s energy generated by solar power
In Switch to Solar’s home solar installation area of Montgomery County, there are just under 1,500 solar-powered homes, businesses and government buildings which generate an annual savings of $5.4 million (source: the Maryland Energy Administration). That’s an incredible amount of solar energy progress in a short time, and it’s no surprise that Maryland residents want even more solar power installations. At Switch to Solar, we’re proud to say that our solar installations have helped Maryland shatter its 2013 goal for installed solar energy capacity.
In addition to a local solar panel installer like Switch to Solar, residents and businesses have a number of resources available to them:
- Resources and incentives available for Solar Power in Montgomery County, MD
- My Green Montgomery
- Poolesville Green
- The Maryland State Residential Clean Energy Program
And of course, if you have any questions about solar panel installation or how your Clarksburg, Montgomery, or Germantown-based home or business can benefit from solar energy, please contact Switch to Solar. We’ll be happy to offer you 100% transparent advice on whether a solar investment is right for you.