From your typical 4kW residential solar-powered system to a state-of-the-art 4mW solar facility, activity in the Maryland solar energy industry continues to thrive. And with Super Storm Sandy a few weeks behind us, recently-powerless residents on the East coast are thinking twice about solar power.
- Howard County Solar Farm Expansion. The Nixon farm in West Friendship, MD continues to increase the scale of their 10 megawatt solar panel array, said to be capable of powering 5000 Howard county homes. The solar project is looking to expand its operations, but not before the Howard County Council provides its approval. Voting on the expansion begins December 3rd, 2012.
- A Smarter, Renewable Power Grid. With so many Maryland residents left powerless following Hurricane Sandy’s wake, you can’t help but wonder if solar power could have helped. Baltimore Sun contributor Archana Sharma, mentions that parts of Maryland’s smart power grid is designed to accept renewable energy input. She follows by asking why these grids are not harvesting renewable energy like they were designed to. You can read more about Archana’s theory at The Baltimore Sun.
- Solar Panels That Work After Dark. A recent interview by CNN brings to light what an MIT professor is doing to develop a “liquid metal battery” to provide energy at any time. With prototypes coming out in 2014, this technology could bring a lot of benefits to the renewable energy industry in a very short amount of time. States all across the country, including Maryland, could harvest this technology in conjunction with current renewables to reach a greener good for the state, the environment and the globe.
- Sam’s Club Goes Solar. According to The Daily Times (Salisbury News), the Salisbury, MD Sam’s Club is going solar. With the current Maryland solar-push, everyone seems to be going green, even the big-box stores. Wal-Mart has around 180 stores that use solar power (a good amount on the West Coast) and is trying to expand that number with their newest solar array installation in Maryland.
- Solar Power and Hurricane Sandy. Could solar power have helped Maryland during Superstorm Sandy? Sustainablog explores the benefits of solar panels and other solar technologies during and after a natural disaster.
Even with the high upfront costs of going solar, many still see the initial expense as a worthy investment into the future of their companies, homes and to the environment.