While Maryland is ranked #2 solar friendly state, there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of policy and pushing for legislation to make solar more viable in the state.
Some of these types of legislation include:
– Increase RPS
Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (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, in turn would mean better incentives for people to go solar in Maryland because utility companies would pay more to buy that green electricity produced by home solar panels.
– Larger carve-out for Solar
Similarly to increasing the RPS standard, calling for a larger solar carve-out would make putting solar panels on your roofs more profitable. By increasing the solar carve out to, say 4%, utilities would be required to buy more solar energy, so solar producers (your roof) would be able to sell more green energy to utilities.
– Improving the market for sRecs, so it is more profitable
Both of these options, the larger solar carve-out and the increased RPS would make the market for SRECs more profitable, incentivizing people to put panels on their roofs.
– Passing legislation for virtual-net-metering or Solar Farms or CEGFs
Community Energy Generating Facilities (or CEGF) enable groups of citizens to ‘subscribe’ and jointly own renewable energy facilities, even if they are not on your roof. With these facilities, community members can produce clean power at sites near (but not on) their own house and get a credit on their monthly electric bill. These models are now being developed and implemented in many other states and communities across the United States. (Last year, MD SUN worked on this issue.)
Check out our Past Legislation page to learn more about what type of legislation we have fought for in the past.