Competitive Power Ventures wants to build the Backbone Solar Farm on about 1,100 acres in far western Maryland.
To help promote local clean energy, the bill would require new large buildings in the state to be solar-ready.
Community solar installations up to 2 MW may be developed on business- and residential-zoned land, with work yet to be done to open farmland to development.
The company plans to enter three new markets and focus on nonprofits and municipalities with wastewater treatment plants.
Distributed Solar Development built the Baltimore carport and will deliver the home furnishings giant’s other projects in Maryland and California.
“This was time well spent,” said a spokesperson for the state Department of the Environment. But environmental groups have raised concerns about the delayed report.
Also: Despite a rosy forecast, creating energy storage projects with competitive economics has been an elusive endeavor. Plus, rate design innovations are boosting the energy transition and Plug Power raises $1 billion for U.S. green hydrogen infrastructure build-out.
Also in the brief: A New Mexico regulator has recommended denial of El Paso Electric’s planned expansion of the Newman Generating Station, Gemserv has launched a digital platform aimed at helping businesses transition to electric vehicles and more.
Also in the brief: Germany had a strong solar September, solar siting in Maryland generates friction, threatening climate goals.
States like California whose laws say residential rooftop solar must be “intended primarily” for self-consumption could join Washington, D.C. in increasing their limit, says D.C. resident David Roodman. Generation in excess of consumption will be compensated at the wholesale rate in Washington.
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