Why is community solar growing in Maryland?

The community solar concept is gaining traction in Maryland but you may be surprised to know the pilot program has been around since 2017. Right now it’s growing fast in terms of interest, education and projected capacity. This rapid growth is fueled in part by the benefits community solar programs offer consumers and businesses – you can save money and support renewable energy all without the barriers to entry traditionally associated with solar energy.

Maryland passed legislation in 2017 to encourage the development of community solar and other small renewable energy facilities to support the transition to a more sustainable economy and future.

A key portion of this legislation provided for Shared Net Energy Billing.  This allows you to benefit from the renewable energy produced on a community solar farm. You keep your current electric utility and start seeing a credit on your monthly bill from your community solar project. The ease of enrollment and transparency makes it appealing to many consumers and businesses.