It sure didn't seem like the kind of day to be checking out a solar panel array as officials led the way to the roof of the General Motors Toledo Transmission Plant.
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The Maryland Legislature has passed a new bill (Senate Bill 791) that opens the way for the rapid growth of solar energy in the state.
New Jersey loves setting rooftop solar power records. It did in 2009 when it opened the largest solar rooftop in North America (2.4 MW of capacity), again in 2011 when Toys"R"Us got a 5.38-MW solar roof, and again later in 2011 when a 9-MW solar roof was installed on a large Holt Logistics refrigerated warehouse, the Gloucester Marine Terminal.
Maryland's solar sector recorded a hard-fought win this week, as legislation providing for a temporary acceleration of solar requirements in the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) cleared the State Senate by a vote of 37-9.
The solar thermal power plant business is all about big: Square miles of mirrors in the desert that surround 600-foot-tall towers to generate massive megawatts of electricity for multibillion- dollar price tags. Big Solar's ability to compete against fossil fuels, though, could come down to grains of salt.