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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.

After Prison, a Career in Solar Offered a Chance to Shine

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Marc Spohn with Genevieve Fenwick and her family. GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic installed 12 solar panels on Fenwick's Baltimore row home in August 2016.
Marc Spohn with Genevieve Fenwick and her family. GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic installed 12 solar panels on Fenwick’s Baltimore row home in August 2016.

How does a person who has spent 26 years in prison, lacks a high school degree, and has little job experience, become a highly-paid solar installation supervisor in three years?

Marc Spohn’s journey from prison inmate to solar supervisor highlights the opportunities and challenges that face millions of Americans in career transitions. Spohn’s story also spotlights the support groups, solar work force development programs, and just plain special people, needed to help adults transition into family-sustaining careers. With our warming climate, a growing renewable manufacturing industry can help save our planet, and based on Marc’s story, can also help save people, too.

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