Maryland has aggressively pursued alternative energy projects with a goal of generating 1,250 megawatts of electricity through renewable fuels. The state goal was established in 2007 and state officials expect to meet this goal by the end of 2015.
Facts on the Maryland Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 194 solar companies1 at work throughout the value chain in Maryland, employing 4,269 people2.
- In 2015, Maryland installed 167 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 11th nationally. Installed solar capacity in Maryland has grown by 109% over the last year3.
- In 2015, $410 million was invested on solar installations in Maryland. This represents a 86% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- The 465 MW of solar energy currently installed in Maryland ranks the state 11th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 50,000 homes.
- Over the next five years, Maryland is expected to install 1,766 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking the state tenth over that time span. This amount is more than 5 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years.
- Installed solar PV system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 66% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Maryland
- Mount St. Mary's University Solar Farm was completed in 2012 by developer First Solar. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 14 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 1,500 Maryland homes4.
- At 20 MW, Maryland Solar Farm in Hagerstown is among the largest solar installations in Maryland. Completed in 2012 by First Solar, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 2,200 homes5.
- Several large retailers in Maryland have gone solar, including Staples, Walmart, General Motors, Verizon and Kohl's. IKEA has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 4,875 kW of solar capacity at their location in Perryville6.
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SEIA Solar Policy Priorities
- Support policies that promote long‐term SREC contracts
Maryland Solar Policy Timeline
The SEIA Maryland committee, comprised of representatives from SEIA, MDV-SEIA and Maryland solar energy companies, has worked hard to advocate for policies that will enable continued growth in the Maryland solar energy industry.
- On May 22, 2012, Governor O’Malley signed into law the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard for Solar Energy and Solar Water Heating Systems bill (Senate Bill 791 and House Bill 1187), which accelerates the target date for achieving the state's two percent solar carve-out by two years and ensures the industry maintains positive, year-over-year job growth. The legislation is designed to keep the local industry from experiencing the cycles of boom and bust that have hurt sustained growth in neighboring states. Learn more about renewable portfolio standard policies.
- Early in 2012, SEIA's Maryland State Committee successfully intervened in the proposed merger of Exelon and Constellation Energy, negotiating a requirement for an additional 30 MW of solar capacity to be installed in Maryland as part of the merger approval.
- In 2011, SEIA and our partners worked to correct problems with Maryland’s net-metering regulations, expanding the market for solar energy in the state. SEIA also successfully advocated for the addition of solar thermal technology to the state’s renewable portfolio standard program.
- In 2007, the groundwork was set for more recent policy achievements as a solar requirement was added to the state’s renewable portfolio standard program. This legislation established the Maryland solar renewable energy market, providing incentives for businesses and homeowners to add solar energy to their properties.
Solar Companies in Maryland
There are currently more than 194 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Maryland. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 14 manufacturers, 2 manufacturing facilities, 99 contractor/installers, 18 project developers, 8 distributors and 55 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Maryland.
Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Maryland.
Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.
Finding the right solar company for you:
There are many solar companies in Maryland offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.
DSIRE Incentives Database - Maryland - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Maryland and across the United States
Maryland Public Service Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Maryland public utilities
Maryland General Assembly - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Maryland
Maryland Energy Administration - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
U.S. Energy Information Administration Maryland State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government