Maryland’s solar energy industry continues to grow, and Maryland homeowners continue to embrace the economical and environmental benefits of solar power. This week we’re highlighting several stories about the growth of solar in Maryland.
- Students Explore Solar Energy in Hagerstown. Hagerstown Community College has launched a new initiative with First Solar Inc. to provide students and faculty site visits, guest lectures, internships and a digital “dashboard” at HCC’s STEM Building to give them an in-depth view of the 20-megawatt Maryland solar facility under construction in Washington County. The college will also get solar panels from Maryland Solar, which will allow the college to install and maintain a ground-mounted solar power plant and a roof-mounted PV system.
- Howard County Approves Solar Power Station. Howard County recently approved construction of the county’s largest solar power station. Baltimore-based Bith Energy Inc., an engineering and consulting compan, got the go-ahead to build 10,400-panel solar array capable of generating up to 2 megawatts of electricity. The project could expand to 10 megawatts if a zoning application is approved. The project will be the first in the county built strictly to sell solar power to a utility.
- Maryland Solar Projects Win Grants. The Maryland Energy Administration will provide cost-sharing grants to three solar energy projects as part of its Game Changer Competitive Grant Program, which rewards clean energy generation technologies in Maryland. Among the winning projects is a solar energy microgrid and a solar-powered energy storage and electric vehicle charging station. A solar hot water heater also was named among the winners.
- Maryland Solar Company Named to Sierra Club GreenCheck® List. Timonium-based Renewable Energy Corporation has been named a Sierra Club GreenCheck® provider. The Maryland solar installer provides residential solar panel installations and features American-made solar panels from SolarWorld USA.
Stay tuned for other news about advances in solar energy in Maryland.