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 109 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Maryland, employing 1,900.
- 37 MW of solar were installed in Maryland in the fourth quarter of 2012. This marks a 59% increase over the last quarter and a 865% increase over the same quarter last year. Maryland ranked 8th nationally in Q4 installations. See more solar state rankings.
- In 2012, Maryland installed 74 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 8th nationally.
- Maryland ranks 14th nationally in cumulative installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 11,000 homes.
- In 2012, $205 million was invested in Maryland to install solar on homes and businesses. This represents a 74% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Maryland continue to fall--by 33% from last year. National prices have also dropped steadily--by 14% from last year and 31% since 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Maryland
- Mount St. Mary’s University recently completed a 16 MW PV project on their campus in Emmitsburg. The solar farm will generate enough electricity to power 1,800 homes, and will offset the carbon equivalent of the emissions of nearly 3,000 cars. The project employed over 150 workers at peak construction.
- The recently completed Maryland Solar Farm in Hagerstown is the largest solar installation in Maryland. The 20 MW project, developed by First Solar, generates enough electricity to power 2,700 homes. The project employed over 125 workers at peak construction.
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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 22nd 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 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 109 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: 9 manufacturers, 2 manufacturing facilities, 57 contractor/installers, 9 project developers, 5 distributors and 29 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Maryland State Solar Policy Resources
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