Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., has signed a bill to extend Maryland’s community solar pilot program.
According to the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA), H.B.683 modifies existing legislation to allow Maryland’s community solar market to remain open through 2022 while the Public Service Commission (PSC) determines a long-term path forward for the program.
The legislation also expands the generating capacity per system and lifts the maximum number of subscribers per project, the group says.
Jeff Cramer, CCSA’s executive director, says the newly signed legislation “will allow Maryland residents and businesses access to the myriad of benefits community solar offers.”
“We look forward to working with the PSC to help craft a long-term and sustainable future for community solar in Maryland beyond 2022,” adds Cramer.
“By extending this initiative, Maryland is showing the nation that a clean energy future can benefit every community,” says Jessica Ennis, legislative director for climate and energy at Earthjustice. “Other states can and should follow Maryland’s lead.”
The bill was introduced by Delegate Luke Clippinger, chair of the Judiciary Committee.
“Community solar will enable all Marylanders, no matter their income level or housing situation, to have access to solar energy,” states Clippinger. “We’re able to get one step closer to making community solar a reality for the people of Maryland, and that’s something we can tip our hats to. I want to thank the supporters, advocates, and my fellow legislators for making H.B.683 a priority this year.”
The bill was also cross-filed in the Senate (S.B.520) by State Sen. Benjamin Kramer.
“H.B.683 is a step in the right direction to expand access to the benefits of solar energy for our residents,” notes Kramer. “Passage of this bill is the commonsense next step Maryland needs to take in order to truly open up the renewable energy market.”
“We would like to sincerely thank Delegate Luke Clippinger and Senator Ben Kramer for their leadership and commitment to continue community solar in Maryland,” adds CCSA’s Cramer.