Maryland Senate passes solar-powered renewable energy mandate

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The 50% by 2030 mandate would include a provision that utilities source at least 14.5% of their power from solar, the highest portion of any policy to date. But to do that it has to get through both the Maryland House and Governor Hogan.

SB 516 will also mandate that part of the 50% is met with at least 800 MW of offshore wind, and allows regulators to increase this number. However, unlike the renewable energy mandate set recently in Washington D.C., there is no particular requirement that any amount of this be distributed, small-scale solar.

Pari Kasotia, Vote Solar’s director for the mid-Atlantic region, notes that the House may be difficult as that there is some debate over whether or not to include waste-to-energy among qualifying renewables.

An excerpt from PV magazine