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Maryland’s Community Solar Is A Climate Game-Changer

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Community solar “canopy” over a parking lot. Cooler cars, cool renewable energy.

Since the election, the trend of environmental news has been so awful that you may not believe this positive development: In one to two years, you will be able to buy locally harvested, solar-generated electricity priced lower than that coming from your utility.

“Community solar will make it possible for anyone in Maryland to directly access and benefit from renewable energy,” explains Corey Ramsden, program director for the nonprofit MD SUN.

Community Solar’s rules and tariffs are almost set. Pilot projects are in the works. And once the beta projects are analyzed, Community Solar will be ready for prime time in a year or two.

Thanks to legislation codified in 2015 by your state senators and delegates, Maryland renters, businesses, low- to high-income homeowners, farmers, crabbers, Republicans, Democrats, independents, city dwellers and even folks living on a mountaintop, will be able to buy affordable solar energy. Here’s how.

Reader Q&A: Go Off-the-Grid with Solar in Baltimore?

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Going solar, buying climate-friendly electricity, and fixing your leaky home are affordable and realistic.
Going solar, buying climate-friendly electricity, and fixing your leaky home are affordable and realistic.

A Baltimore Fishbowl reader commented after reading Md. Climate Scientist: Baltimore Summers will Be Long and Intolerable.

Sarah wrote: “I would love to have practical and realistic info on how to be more energy efficient while living in a 100-year-old brick house in the Baltimore City heat island. Some of the solar panel leasing companies won’t put panels on a flat roof; and it’s unclear how much structural change would be required to install solar panels on the roof-tops here. I will be ready to act when I am confident that we can power our home independent of “the grid” and have reliable service for our installation of choice. Given the current political climate, our choices are currently iffy, costly, and insecure.”

Sarah- I have good news: It’s a sunny time to go climate-friendly. Your suggested to-do list, and what you need to know is below.

Maryland’s Community Solar Bill is a Ray of Hope

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Maryland's new community solar law means residents can invest together and buy solar at a remote location.
Maryland’s new community solar law allows residents to invest together and buy solar at a remote location. The solar energy is then credited back to their utility bill.

Maryland’s recently signed “community solar” legislation and Tesla’s new solar battery have paved the way for sun-powered energy to become a reality for all Marylanders.  This is good news for your pocketbook, and also great news for our it’s-getting-hot-in-here climate.

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