As the first month of the year wraps up, solar activity in Maryland continues to push forward and grow. Locations such as restaurants and local food establishments are adding solar to power their businesses, recognizing the true benefits that solar has to offer. Here are some fine examples that prove solar growth is always on the up and up in Maryland.
- A Solar Meat Market. Boarman’s Old Fashioned Howard County Meat Market has finished installing a 204.96 kW solar panel system that is said to reduce the meat market’s carbon footprint by almost 560,000 pounds. It has been mentioned that the solar panel system will generate $75,000 in revenue, annually.
- McCutcheon Chooses Solar. A Frederick based fine foods company, McCutcheon’s Apple Products Inc., has recently begun installation of a 131 kW solar-powered system. The solar panel system is being leased, meaning McCutcheon still reaps most of the benefits of solar, minus the tax rebates that the solar panel system brings.
- Giving Back In More Ways than One. A local couple of Chestertown, Maryland installed a solar panel system on their house that not only supplies 100% of their annual power consumption, but feeds electricity back into the town’s power grid. The homeowner, Dr. Neil Stoddard notes that the system has generated in excess of 24,000 kW since installation in 2011.
- Solar in Ocean City. Shawn Harman, owner of Fish Tales (a restaurant) and the Bahia Marina in Ocean City, Maryland has converted to solar. With his $100,000 stake in solar, Harman hopes to recoup his investment through electricity savings and selling back Maryland SREC’s. Pre-solar, Harman mentioned the marina and restaurant electric bill could top $10,000 monthly and with solar, hopes to cut that by 20%. Read more about this story at Delmarva Now.
As Maryland-based businesses continue to invest in solar energy, the environmental and financial benefits can truly be seen and appreciated by many.