The Big Picture
For a primer and comprehensive view of the energy landscape in Maryland, check out the Energy 101 report from the Maryland Clean Energy Center.
While Maryland ranks 14th nationally in installed solar capacity, many legislative and policy opportunities remain to expand access to the benefits of solar power to all of our State’s residents. Examples of policies which could make Maryland’s solar market stronger and more accessible include:
Community Solar will provide all Marylanders the opportunity to take advantage of solar energy. The recently passed legislation allows renters, apartment tenants, and people with shady roofs to purchase a share in a solar system installed elsewhere in their community. They then get a credit on their utility bill for the electricity produced by their share in the system. Click here to learn more.
Expanding Access to Low and Middle Income Marylanders
Click here to read about barriers to entry we have identified which prevent low and middle income residents from accessing the state’s solar market and our proposals for removing them.
Increasing the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)
Maryland’s RPS requires that 20% of Maryland’s electricity be generated from renewable energy sources by 2022, including 2 percent from solar energy. To comply with this ruling, utility companies have to generate that renewable energy themselves, buy it from renewable energy producers (like houses with solar on their roofs), or pay a fine.
Increasing this RPS would mean that utilities are required to produce or buy more renewable energy to comply with state’s standards. This would improve incentives for people to go solar in Maryland because utility companies would pay more to buy electricity produced by home solar panels.
Increasing the RPS “carve-out” for Solar
Advocating for a larger solar power requirement, or “carve-out,” of Maryland’s RPS would make putting solar panels on your roofs more profitable. By increasing the solar carve out to 4% for example, utilities would be required to buy more solar energy, so solar producers (your roof) would be able to sell more electricity to utilities at rates more attractive to you, the ratepayer by increasing the value of SRECs (link).