Solar Farms in Maryland
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Solar Farms in Maryland provide lower costs and clean energy independence
Recently, Maryland has increased its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 25% in 2020 to a whopping 50% by 2030.
Most of this clean energy capacity will have to come from solar power. Towards that goal, MD has quadrupled solar capacity from 258 megawatts to 1,000 megawatts over the last few years!
How can more Marylanders access solar power?
There’s no doubt that Maryland is on track to boost renewable energy. However, the reality is that most people — about 80% of Americans — cannot access solar power on their rooftops. This includes people who are renting or who have to move frequently, rooftops that are not the right size, type, or exposure, and of course limitations by the financially viable and affordable options.
In order to reach the goals of making the state more energy independent and the environment cleaner, MD must innovate.
Community solar is a new approach that makes solar energy accessible to all, by connecting people to local solar farms.
Solar Farms in Maryland provide access to clean energy at a discount!
Community Solar Farms allow a group of people to subscribe to solar energy from a solar farm in Maryland. Kind of like crowdfunding a solar farm, or like a CSA, but instead of fresh vegetables from a local farm you’re getting clean solar energy.
The benefits of buying energy in a group is also a bulk discount — you save 10-25% off your energy bill!
The level of the savings depends on your utility and the solar farms in your area. Get matched to a solar farm in Maryland!
HOW MUCH CAN YOU SAVE?
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Without needing panels on your roof, community solar is an affordable solar option for nearly everyone — renters and homeowners, houses and apartments!
How much can you save on your energy by joining a solar farm in Maryland near where you live?
How Does Community Solar Work?
Pay nothing, save money, help the environment AND a local business? Really?
Instead of purchasing expensive solar panels and installing them on the roof of your house, community solar is more of a team-effort when it comes to producing solar power.
Here’s the anatomy of a community solar project:
1. A solar farm site is built in a suitable location, with ready connection to the electricity grid
2. People from around the state contribute money for management and maintenance of the farm, typically via monthly subscription.
3. Large credits from power generated by the community solar project are sent back to the participants, ultimately reducing their electricity bills.
Because community solar doesn’t require participants to have a “solar-ready” property (with plenty of roof space, facing the right direction, and in enough direct sunlight), it’s accessible to more people.
Even Maryland residents who rent or live in apartments can enjoy clean, renewable solar energy.
Also, since the cost of installation and maintenance is split between the collective, nobody has to pay thousands of dollars up front to install solar panels. It’s a much more affordable option to traditional solar panel installation.
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How to Access Community Solar Farms in Maryland
While most people might think the only option to harness the power of the sun to run their homes is to install costly panels on the roof, that’s not the case. There are more options to get solar now than ever before.
You could install residential solar panels in Maryland if you prefer to generate your own power, but you can also choose to purchase green energy from a standard utility, rent-to-own solar equipment, or participate in a community solar program.
Community solar farms are fortunately available all over the state of Maryland, from all four major utility companies:
- Potomac Edison
Curious about the benefits of community solar and whether or not it’s right for you? Check out the frequently asked questions here. To see what you can save sign up to be matched with available Maryland community solar farms!